[tlhIngan Hol] Can we say {qarbe''a'} ?

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Tue May 7 11:52:52 PDT 2019

Technically, both questions are asking the same thing with a binary answer. Each question would get the opposite answer of the other question.

Meanwhile, Maltz has explained that following a statement with {qar’a’?} turns the statement into a “yes/no” question with the assumed answer being “Yes.” You are expecting that the statement is true and accurate, and you are seeking confirmation. A “No” answer would tell the person they have made an inaccurate statement.

The second version of the question is not one that Maltz has presented to us, and it contains a trap that could easily trip up a person answering. Keep in mind that “Isn’t it accurate?” is a contraction for “Is it not accurate,” so if you think about it, you would say either, “Yes, it is not accurate,” or you would say, “No, it is not not accurate.” But if you don’t think about it, you’ll say, “Yes,” when you mean “No, it is not not accurate,” or you’ll say, “No,” when you mean, “Yes, it is not accurate.”

So, while there are no grammatical errors in the second sentence, the first one will always be preferable for clear communication.

charghwI’ vaghnerya’ngan

rInpa’ bomnIS be’’a’ pI’.

> On May 7, 2019, at 2:41 PM, mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> Read:
> wagh vIghro'mey tIQ, qar'a' ?
> ancient cats are expensive, is it accurate ?
> This is correct.
> Now, read this too:
> wagh vIghro'mey tIQ, qarbe''a' ?
> ancient cats are expensive, isn't it accurate ?
> Is the above correct ? And if yes, is there any difference in meaning compared to the first sentence ? Because I can't understand any difference in meaning, if any..
> ~ m. qunen'oS 
> learn klingon, we have cookies
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