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Usage of -Ha' (was: Checking understanding of -be')

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

Christopher Doty wrote:
> <-Ha'> is still a bit of a mystery to me, as its
> discussion in TKD is so brief.  It looks like it rovers in the same
> way as <-be'>, but that isn't explicitly stated, so it's not really
> clear...

{-Ha'} doesn't "rove," even though it's called a rover. It always comes 
right after the verb, before any other suffixes. It gives the verb a 
sense of either "undo" or "do wrongly."

{leghbe'} means that the subject does not see something; it implies 
nothing about whether the subject was ever able to see the thing. 
{leghHa'} means that the subject "unsees" something; something was seen, 
but is now not seen. Or it could mean "see something wrongly"; the 
subject sees something, but misinterprets what it sees, or doesn't get 
the right image. Whether the correct interpretation of {-Ha'} is "undo" 
or "do wrongly" seems to depend on context.

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