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Re: The topic marker -'e'

ghunchu'wI' (

On Nov 25, 2009, at 1:44 PM, Christopher Doty wrote:

>> Now take any verb of quality in Klingon and put {-lu'} on it. Try to
>> translate it into English using passive voice. Most of the time you
>> will fail.
>> {bIr} "he is cold"
>> {bIrlu'} "...?"
> Yeah, but you can't do this in English either, as you note with your
> lack of translation. "He is colded (by the wind)" is nonsensical.

"Either"?  I think you misunderstood what I was trying to say.  You  
*can* do it in Klingon, but its translation into English does not  
involve passive voice.  My point is that you can't translate {bIrlu'}  
into English as passive voice.

-- ghunchu'wI'

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