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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] tera' Hovtay'Daq PLUTO HurDaq bIHtaH'a' latlh yuQmey?

SuStel (

On 1/21/2015 2:50 PM, wrote:
The interrogative verb suffix {-‘a’} is always answered by “yes” or
“no”. You can’t use it for some other kind of question, as several
have pointed out.

As I pointed out. That's why I didn't use it.

chay’ Dochmeyvam perlu’? yuQna’ bIH’a'? yuQHom ‘bIH’a’?

While I support the use of rhetorical questions to make a point, I have never liked the idea of asking rhetorical questions just to set the stage for difficult-to-translate English grammar. If I answer {HIja'}, what do I mean? Which question am I supposed to answer?

Likely, we could have gotten the meaning across if we’d simply asked,
{yuQna’ bIH’a’?}

HIja', yuQna' bIH; nItojbe' mInlIj.

Perhaps this:

Dochvam tIbuv: yuQ pagh yuQHom.


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