[tlhIngan Hol] {'e'} of a sao in {law'} {puS} constructions

Lieven L. Litaer levinius at gmx.de
Tue Aug 24 05:16:05 PDT 2021

Am 24.08.2021 um 14:06 schrieb mayqel qunen'oS:
> The question is whether this use of {'e'} in a law'/puS construction
> could be considered to be correct. But I think that it isn't, because in
> the slots of a law'/puS construction the only thing allowed is either a
> noun, or a pronoun as {jIH}, {SoH}, {ghaH}, etc, because pronouns can
> act like nouns too.

I think you are right saying that it is not allowed, but I'd explain it
differently, based on how the sentence as object works, from TKD:

"[pronouns 'e' and net] are used primarily, not exclusively, with verbs
of thinking or observation (such as "know, see"). They are always
treated as the object of the verb."

So, true, it does not mention anything about the law'/puS construction.

To avoid the problem, I would just replace the sentence by a noun:

{nuch SoH 'ej ngoDvam qab law' Hoch qab puS}

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

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