[tlhIngan Hol] jIbogh vs jIboghpu' and a pizza

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Sat Dec 22 09:26:10 PST 2018

On 12/22/2018 10:27 AM, mayqel qunenoS wrote:
> So, on one hand, I want to say "I have never asked for your help", on 
> the other hand though, my "not asking for his help" still continues..

I believe that you are still thinking too much from the English (or 
greek) point of view. The aspect suffixes indicate whether the action is 
completed, not when it happened.

If you say {not qaghelpu'} then it's OVER. It means that the situation 
has changed, or at least finished. As you wrote above, you do not intend 
to ask in the future either, so it cannot be over, it's still going on.

My suggestion is to leave any aspect suffix off,

{not qaghel}

and to emphasize, maybe add {-taH}:

{not qaghel, 'ej not qagheltaH}
"I never asked you, and I never will."

Terrans tend to overly use {-pu'} :-)

Lieven L. Litaer
aka the "Klingon Teacher from Germany"

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