[tlhIngan Hol] Expressing must with imperatives

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 02:57:45 PST 2016

A while ago we talked about the nature of {-nIS} and how it differs
from "must". And we discussed how we could work around this limitation
through the use of {'ut} and {net poQ}.

However something continued "not to feel right".

A while ago I wrote: "when you're translating into klingon you must
recreate the feeling of the original passage". If I wanted to write
this using the above workarounds I should say {tlhIngan Hol
DaghItlhmeH Hol nov DamughtaHvIS, Hol nov qa' Dachenqa'moH} and then
add a {'ut}, or {net poQ}.

But today I realized there is an additional way, which is perhaps even better..

What does the "must' express, if not an imperative of sorts ? When I
say "you need to do this", often I mean "you must do this", and in
other words I'm giving a command, only I choose to do it in a more
kind manner.

But since tlhIngan Hol, isn't the weak and indecisive DIvI' Hol, we
could avoid altogether the {-nIS} and give the command.

So, in above example, instead of the

{tlhIngan Hol DaghItlhmeH Hol nov DamughtaHvIS, Hol nov qa'
Dachenqa'moH, 'ut / net poQ}

I could write:

{tlhIngan Hol DaghItlhmeH Hol nov DamughtaHvIS, Hol nov qa'
yIchenqa'moH}. and then, if it is necessary I could add a {'ut}, a
{net poQ} or whatever else (although I think that they rarely would

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