[tlhIngan Hol] As soon as I had tickled the dog

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 10:39:45 PDT 2016

thank you very much SuStel and lieven for taking the time to explain all this.

perhaps -slowly- I'm beginning to understand the difference between
tense and aspect, although -currently-, I feel it is a subtle one.

I think the way to go, is try and use aspect in simple sentences and
work one's way, from that point up.

Another good question though, is this:

If I'm writing a passage, which clearly concerns a number of completed
events, do I need to repeat the {-pu'} on every verb, or just once or
twice suffices ?


On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 8:28 PM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> On 8/22/2016 12:26 PM, Lieven wrote:
>> Aspect is not mandatory. You wanted to not confuse the students. I tried
>> to keep it simple, suggesting beginenrs avoid aspect until they feel
>> comfortable with it and NOT use it as tense.
> Telling students to leave off a suffix that CANNOT be left off when they try
> to say something that requires it is NOT the correct advice.
> Your advice amounts to, "Don't say things that require aspect, so you don't
> have to use the suffixes."
> The correct approach is to understand aspect FIRST, then learn when to use
> it or not use it. If a student wants to translate, "I wrote a message and
> then sent it," which is a reasonable thing to want to say, they CANNOT omit
> aspect. But that's what you told them to do.
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