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Re: Question about -wI'

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

Christopher Doty wrote:
> Can -wI' go on nouns? Or does this mean that, as with many Klingon
> words, the noun Hergh is identical to a verb with roughly the same
> meaning, "administer medicine," and the verb Hergh is simply missing
> from the dictionary?

No, {-wI'} is only a verb suffix. There are some complex nouns that 
*look* like they're simple nouns plus {-wI'}, but we can't pull them 
apart and generalize new words or rules from them; we have to suppose 
that they're leftovers from Old Klingon, or some such, and just treat 
them as distinct complex nouns. See also TKD 3.2.2.

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