[tlhIngan Hol] x nuq vs nuq x & 'Iv x vs x 'Iv

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Mon Oct 14 03:16:20 PDT 2019

On Mon, 14 Oct 2019 at 10:48, mayqel qunen'oS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:

> With regards to this matter I've wondered, how one would translate the
> {vIghro' tIQ 'oH nuq'e'}, if he were to consider the "as for (go
> figure)" meaning of a {y 'oH x'e'} sentence.

See TKD section 6.3.

> If we write {nuq 'oH vIghro' tIQ'e'}, then this would mean "as for an
> ancient cat, what is it ?"
> But if we was to write {vIghro' tIQ 'oH nuq'e'}, then perhaps it would
> be strange to say "as for what is an ancient cat ?".
> Anyways, not that I understand this perfectly, and since both them
> options are grammatically legit, then no worries, right ?
> But it would be good to know, what's the story here.

While they're both possible, they mean different things.

What are you expecting as the answer? If it's {X 'oH vIghro' tIQ'e'},
ask {nuq 'oH vIghro' tIQ'e'}; if it's {vIghro' tIQ 'oH X'e'}, ask {vIghro'
tIQ 'oH nuq'e'}.

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