# Re: {chen} in canon

### Steven Boozer ([email protected])

```Voragh:
> > *{mojmoH} has never been used, so let's look at the canon for some
> > clues.  {chen} "take form, take shape" has never been used by itself,

Quvar:
>I think there is canon from the counting rules:
>   {wa' boq cha'; chen wej}
>Or is this not canon? I don't remember which HolQeD that was...

You're absolutely right.  I hadn't updated my notes on {chen} for some
reason.  Here's the summary of the HolQeD 9.3 article on simple arithmetic
I have:

{chen} and {boq} are used in math where the subject is the result
of the formula statement (typically using some form of the verb
{boq}). The {chen} statement follows the {boq} statement with a
semicolon dividing them in Okrand's notation:
4 + 3 = 7
wej boq loS; chen Soch
"four allies with three; seven forms".
It is also possible to reverse the two numbers being added: e.g.
{loS boq wej; chen Soch}.  Another example:
2 + 1 = 3
wa' boq cha'; chen wej
"two allies with one, three forms."
N.B. not *{luboq} with the prefix {lu-} since "in these mathematical
constructions, the numbers, even those higher than one, are considered
singular from a grammatical point of view."
4 ? 3 = 1
loS boqha' wej; chen wa'
"three dissociates from four, one forms".
"When subtracting, the subject and object cannot be reversed without
changing the equation. {wej boqHa' loS} would be '3 - 4' and the answer
would be a negative number..."
2 x 3 = 6
cha'logh boq'egh wej; chen jav
"twice, three allies with itself, six forms"
The multiplier and multiplicand may be reversed:
3 x 2
wejlogh boq'egh cha'
In division the formula is:
"three times, two allies with itself"
6 ÷ 3 = 2
wejlogh boqHa''egh jav; chen cha'
"three times, six dissociates from itself, two forms"
"Reversing the dividend and the divisor changes the equation.
{javlogh boqHa''egh wej} would be 3 ÷ 6 and the answer would be a
fraction."

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Voragh
Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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