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Savan (was: Basic grammar question)

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



McArdle wrote:
> As a (the?) perpetrator of {Hoch Savan}, I'd be glad to know how to
> say this more acceptably.  Would {Hoch tlhiH Savan} serve?

How about just {Savan}? The only reason you're looking for an object is
because English requires one.

> Or does this run afoul of the injunction SuStel cites against using
> pronouns as nouns except for "emphasis or added clarity"?

I don't know if it's an injunction so much as "Klingons don't do it 
unless they're speaking slowly and deliberately, as if to an idiot."

This is another one of those cases where (if you're going to use an 
explicit object) the only way to use the construct you want is to use 
the pronoun as a noun.

Regarding {Hoch tlhIH} specifically, I think a Klingon would see that as 
redundant, possibly even ungrammatical ("each youses").

SuStel
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