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RE: Relative clause in a relative clause

Steven Boozer (

>> Doch cho'angbogh vISov 'e' vIHar
>> I believe I know the thing you show me

lay'tel SIvten:
>You could shorten {vISov 'e' vIHar} to {vISovlaw'}. It's not exactly the
>same, but OTOH, is "Har/believe" a genuine belief, or merely equivalent
>to "I think" or even "perhaps"?

I agree about {Har} "believe".  Our sole example is:

  qaHarbe'; bo'Dagh'a' Dalo' 
  I don't believe you; you're using a big scoop 
  (i.e. "You're exaggerating") KGT

You could also say {... 'e' vIQub} "I think that...":

st.k 7/01/97:  All four words asked about ... can be used in the construction {S 'e' V}, where S is a sentence, {'e'} is the pronoun (that) which refers to a previous topic (in this case S), and V is one of the verbs listed above (as well as some others).  If the sentence (S) is {tlhIngan Hol Dajatlh} "you speak Klingon", it's OK to say... {tlhIngan Hol Dajatlh 'e' vIQub} "I think that you speak Klingon" 

How this differs from {tlhIngan Hol Dajatlhlaw'} is unclear.  (An unspoken thought vs. a belief perhaps?)

Canon Master of the Klingons

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