tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sat Dec 05 06:34:47 2009

Back to archive top level

To this year's listing

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]

Suffix {-taH} on verbs referring to states

Agnieszka Solska ( [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']

QIvam vIlabta'. pawDI' moH. DaH vIlabqa'. chaq moHbe'.

SIv Chris Doty:

> A more important question, perhaps, is: 
> can stative verbs take <-taH>??

ghunchu'wI' already mentioned {rIntaH}, which literally means 
"it continues to be finished/accomplished".

I found the following examples in canon:

   Hem tlhIngan Segh 'ej maHemtaH 'e'wIHech.
      Klingons are a proud race, and we intend 
      to go on being proud.
      (TKW, p.13)

   tay'taHbe' 'Iw bIQ je.
      Blood and water don't mix.
       (TKW, p. 34)

It may seem that {tay'}, "be together," is a verb referring 
to an action, not a state. However, the following example 
from canon shows that it can in fact refer to a state and can 
even be used to modify nouns:

   wo' tay' tlhInganpu' maH! 
   We are U.K. Klingons! 
      (We are together Empire Klingons!)

Keep your friends updated—even when you’re not signed in.

Back to archive top level