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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] Klingon Word of the Day: tlhob

Steven Boozer (

> Klingon Word of the Day for Wednesday, April 15, 2015
> Klingon word: tlhob
> Part of speech: verb
> Definition: ask

I ask you. KLS

Please. (TNK)

lutlhob <naDevvo' vaS'a'Daq majaHlaH'a'?> 
They ask him, "Can we get to the Great Hall from here?" PK

juDev 'ej Dujvam ra'wI' DagheS 'e' vItlhob 
I ask you to lead us as commander of this ship.
("I request that you lead us and that you assume the duties of commander of this ship.") KGT

molor luSuvmeH nuHmeychaj Suq 'e' tlhob qeylIS 
Kahless asks that they take up their weapons to fight Molor PB

HQ 7:4:  What I wanted to do with {tlhob} and {ghel} is to distinguish between two different meanings for the English verb ask. There are two ask's. There's the ask where you ask a question and there's ask where you make a request. I wanted it to be two different verbs, though apparently there are times when the request verb is used to ask a question as well. So maybe the way it works is that {ghel} can ask a question and only as a question and the other one can mean that and is also use [sic] to request or plead or something like that.

TKD 67:  Similarly, with verbs of saying (say, tell, ask, etc.), {'e'} and {net} are not used. The two phrases simply follow one another, in either order... An aspect marker... may always be attached to the verb of saying, regardless of whether it is the first or second verb.

poQ 		demand, require (v)
qoy' 		plead, beg 
ghel 		ask (a question) (v)
yu' 		question, interrogate (v)
jang 		answer (v)

Ca'Non Master of the Klingons

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