[tlhIngan Hol] [English] Using "pong" as a verb to say "my name is..." ?

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 05:01:16 PDT 2016

On 6 October 2016 at 13:18, mayqel qunenoS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> and since we're on the subject, it would be great if someone could explain,
> why the prefix trick applies only to first and second person object
> (singular or plural).
> why can't I say {vIghro' DInob jay'} for "we give them the f*** cat" ?

Because {vIghro' DInob} means "we give the cats", {vIghro'} being the
object of {nob}. The suffix {-mey} is optional, and the plurality of
the cats comes from the {DI-} prefix. If it were possible to apply the
"prefix trick" here, the sentence would have an ambiguous meaning.


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