[tlhIngan Hol] Past events {-pu'} and {-DI'}

DloraH seruq at bellsouth.net
Wed Nov 16 16:18:10 PST 2016

On Wed, 2016-11-16 at 14:26 +0200, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
> hmm..
> so, if I write {loS Hu' qaleghpu'DI'}, then I'm saying "yesterday, as soon
> as my seeing you was completed". this means that what will follow in that
> sentence, takes place after I stopped seeing you.
> and If I write {loS Hu' qaleghDI'}, then this means "yesterday as soon as
> my seeing you had started, but it still wasn't completed". this means that
> what will follow in that sentence takes place as soon as I saw you, but
> with "my seeing you" still taking place.
> right ?
> qunnoH
> ghoghwIj HablI'vo' vIngeHta'

Actually, that sentence doesn't get that specific.  You don't have a
-choH nor a -taH/-lI' on there.

qaleghchoHDI'... as soon as you start seeing...
qaleghtaHDI'... as soon as you are continuously seeing... hmm.
If it was during the seeing, you could use -taHvIS.

Don't confuse -pu with past tense.  Construct your sentences in "present
tense", and then, if it takes place at a different time, whether in the
past or in the future, then you add a timestamp to specify that.
Past tense is done using a timestamp, not by using suffixes.

- DloraH

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