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Re: Basic grammar question

David Trimboli ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

Alan Anderson wrote:

> There's no similar reinterpretation for a mismatched subject.  My  
> immediate near-automatic internalization of Klingon grammar settles  
> comfortably into treating the third-person subject as either first or  
> second person when that's what the verb prefix indicates.  I think it  
> works that way for me because the prefix comes first, and my mental  
> translation from words to idea is thus primed to accept whatever  
> follows as an appropriately-"personed" word.

What happens with me is this: when I hear something like *{maleng targh} 
I get a very strong feeling of "Yeah? And? The targ and... who? C'mon, 
finish the sentence!" I've heard the {ma-}, and I'm waiting for the 
subject to be first person plural.

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