[tlhIngan Hol] KLBC - How to say "I like to do/doing something"

Aurélie Demonchaux demonchaux.aurelie at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 02:42:23 PST 2017

Thanks very much for your detailed replies and clarifications, this is very

I think I get it now, the ’e’ just needs to be there regardless of how we
might backtranslate it in English.

Thanks also for sharing alternatives to <parHa'> - I'll definitely take
good note of them for future use!

tlhIngan Hol vIghoj ’e’ vItIv ;)

2017-02-09 19:25 GMT+01:00 Lieven <levinius at gmx.de>:

> Okay, since others have broken the KLBC-barrier already, and our current
> BG may be at shore leave, I'll answer this:
> Am 09.02.2017 um 13:31 schrieb Aurélie Demonchaux:
>> We have some examples of <par> and <parHa'> being used with nouns or
>> pronouns but I can't find any canon source where they apply to verbs.
>> Do you use {'e'} or nothing in those cases?
> I will not go into alternatives like {tIv} "enjoy", but simple answer
> the question grammatically:
> The verb {neH} is the only exception for omitting {'e'}. This means that
> it is correct to say
> {jIvut 'e' vIparHa'} "I like that I cook."
> Yes, indeed you may think that this literally means "I do like the fact
> that I am cooking at this moment", but there is no "special" construction
> to express the common feeling of "I like surfing in general". It's the
> English that's strange, not the Klingon.
> --
> Lieven L. Litaer
> aka Quvar valer 'utlh
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