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RE: Suffix {-taH} on verbs referring to states

Steven Boozer (

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

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

Some more examples of {tay'}:

reH tay' ghot tuqDaj je 
One is always of his tribe. 
("A person and his house are always together"). TKW

tay' qeylor molor tuq je
Kahlor is of the House of Molor.
Kahlor is from the House of Molor.
("Kahlor and the House of Molor are together.") (st.k 9/97)

matay' jIH molor tuq je
I am of the House of Molor.
("The House of Molor and I are together.") (st.k 9/97)

Sutay' SoH molor tuq je
You are of the House of Molor. 
("The House of Molor and you are together.") (st.k 9/97)

matay'DI' vIHtaHbogh bIQ rur mu'qaDmey 
Between us, curses run like water. PK 

wa' Dol nIvDaq matay'DI' maQap 
We succeed together in a greater whole. TKW

Canon Master of the Klingons

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