[tlhIngan Hol] Expressing "one of them"

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 21 07:16:32 PST 2016

I wouldn’t.  Just rely on context.  E.g.

  wa' yIHoH. jISaHbe’.
 Kill one of them. I don't care which. ST3

  wa' yIHoH
  Kill one (of them)! TKD

(TKD 54):  The preceding sentence is grammatically correct even without the {wa'} because the prefix {yI-} indicates a singular object. The {wa'}, therefore, is used for emphasis only.

There are other examples which could easily have had “of them” added to the translation with no real change in meaning:

  maDo'chugh QeHchoH wa'
  If we're lucky, one [of them] will get angry. CK

  wa' ghaH tera'ngan'e'
  One [of them] is a Terran. (ST5 notes)

  wa' SuvwI' muHlu'DI', tuHchoH Hoch SuvwI'pu'
  The execution of but one warrior brings shame to
 all [of them]. TKW

If you need to distinguish between two groups – and context doesn’t make it clear which you’re referring to -- you can (colloquially) topicalize one (of them!).  E.g.

  romuluSngan qa’ma’pu’’e’… wa’ yIHoH!  ‘ach  qarDaSnganpu’ tIyu’!
  As for the Romulan prisoners… kill one (of them). But interrogate the

Or just simply:

  wa’ romuluSngan qa’ma’ yIHoH.
  Kill one Romulan prisoner.
  Kill one of the Romulan prisoners.

Presumably there is more than one prisoner, else why use a number?  You’d simply say:

  romuluSngan qa’ma’ yIHoH.
  Kill the Romulan prisoner.

Don’t fixate on the precise wording of the English.  There is often more than one correct translation.

-- Voragh

On Behalf Of mayqel qunenoS
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2016 7:14 AM

qaStaHvIS tuch Hoch, jISIvtaH: {chaH wa'} vIlo'chugh, "one of them" vIDellaH ?for all eternity, I will be wondering.. is the {chaH wa'} able to describe the "one of them" ?

ghoghwIj HablI'vo' vIngeHta'

On 20 Nov 2016 7:44 pm, "mayqel qunenoS" <mihkoun at gmail.com<mailto:mihkoun at gmail.com>> wrote:

Would you accept {chaH wa' jIHbe'} for "I am not one of them" ?

ghoghwIj HablI'vo' vIngeHta'
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