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RE: Canon: choH, tagh -- KLBG

SIqar asks:

>What does transitive and non transitive mean?

Whether or not a verb can take a direct object or, in terms of descriptive 
Klingon grammar, whether you can or cannot use the set of object prefixes 
with a given verb.  Etymologically, the meaning of a transitive verb 
transits - or crosses over - to the direct object in order to render an 
entire thought.  E.g.:

   Qu' DataghDI' 'aqtu' mellota' je yIqaw
   When you begin a mission, remember Aktuh and Mellota.  TKW

Transitive:  {Qu'} is the direct object of {tagh}:  What do you begin?  You 
begin the mission.

Transitive:  {'aqtu' mellota' je} is the direct object of {qaw}:  Whom do 
you remember?  You remember Aktuh and Mellota (characters from a famous 
Klingon opera).

   taghbej mu'qaD veS
   Curse-warfare has definitely begun. PK

Intransitive:  there is no direct object, only a subject.  What 
begins?  Curse-warfare begins.

Sometimes verbs which are transitive in one language are intransitive in 
another.  To confuse matters, transitive verbs can be used intransitively; 
that is, they don't have to take on object when speaking generally.  E.g.:

   DaH jIlaD.
   I'm reading now.


   DaH Okrand paq chu' vIlaD.
   Now I'm reading Okrand's new book.

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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