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Re: jIHtaHbogh naDev vISovbe'

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--- David Trimboli <> wrote:

> I didn't call {naDev} the topic in this sentence;
> it's the beable. It's 
> just in the wrong position.

I've been trying to come up with an alternative to
"beable", which bothers me for a number of reasons,
not least because I persist in reading it as "beeble"
until my brain does a double-take and resegments it
into "be+able".

It turns out there is already an English word
reasonably close in meaning to what's needed: 
"predicative".  Wiktionary defines it this way (note
particularly the last sentence, with suitable
adjustment for Klingon word order):

predicative:  (grammar) An element of the predicate of
a sentence which supplements the subject or object by
means of the verb. Predicatives may be nominal or
adjectival. A nominal predicative is a noun or pronoun
that follows a linking verb and renames the subject. 

If we want to be precise, we're talking only about
nominal predicatives, but since adjectives don't
appear in pronoun-as-verb clauses, the distinction
hardly seems worth insisting on.

How does this strike people?

-- mI'qey

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