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-be'lu' vs. -lu'be'

MorphemeAddict ( [KLI Member] [Hol taghwI']

Here are the examples I found in canon of {-be'lu'} (8 occurrences) vs. 
{-lu'be'} (1 occurrence).  I suspect that {-be'lu'} is more common because it more 
clearly negates the verb it is attached to, whereas in {-lu'be'},  the {-be'} 
may be negating the bare suffix {-lu'}, which doesn't make much sense to me, 
or it could be negating the whole verb complex (including {-lu'}) that precedes 
the {-be'}. 
8 Examples of {-be'lu'}:
[klingon male] "May your coordinates be free of tribbles." = 
[marc okrand] {QuvlIjDaq yIH tu'be'lu'jaj.} (PK)

beside a passage to | unknown regions of the universe, =
'u' SepmeyDaq | Sovbe'lu'bogh lenglu'meH He (S99)

There is no honor in attacking the weak. = 
pujwI' HIvlu'chugh quvbe'lu'. (TKW p. 24)

One need not enjoy virtue. = 
ghob tIvnISbe'lu'. (TKW p. 48)

Here {-be'} is negating {-nIS}.

One does not achieve honor while acting dishonorably. = 
batlhHa' vanglu'taHvIS quv chavbe'lu'. (TKW p. 55)

Death is an experience best shared. = 
Heghlu'DI' mobbe'lu'chugh QaQqu' Hegh wanI'. (TKW p. 73)

No pain, no gain. = 
'oy'be'lu'chugh Qapbe'lu'. (TKW p. 175)

Destroying an empire to win a war is no victory, and ending a battle to save 
an empire is no defeat. = 
noH QapmeH wo' Qaw'lu'chugh yay chavbe'lu' 'ej wo' choqmeH may' DoHlu'chugh 
lujbe'lu'. (TKW p. 211)

1 Example of {-lu'be'}:
There are no old warriors. = 
SuvwI'pu' qan tu'lu'be'. (TKW p. 29)

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