[tlhIngan Hol] Parenthetical phrases
sustel at trimboli.name
Tue May 14 08:30:14 PDT 2019
On 5/14/2019 10:24 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> Should parenthetical phrases be avoided ? And if yes, is it because we
> don't know if they are allowed, or because they can be confusing ?
There are a couple of different answers to this, depending on your purposes.
There is nothing wrong with parenthetical phrases in English. Too many
of them is usually considered poor style, depending on your audience.
Style guides will also tell you the best practices for punctuating them
depending on their content. But these are prescriptions for style, not
grammatical rules of the language.
We have no rules on using them in Klingon, and I can't think of any
canonical examples. It may just be that Okrand hasn't written any, or it
may be considered poor style in Klingon, or it may actually be
considered grammatically incorrect to do so. We don't know.
You don't need to avoid parenthetical phrases, but you should be aware
of when you're using them so that you don't mix a parenthetical phrase
into your understanding of a grammatical point. So long as you punctuate
them adequately, go ahead and use them.
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