[tlhIngan Hol] Beginner's text and questions

Will Martin willmartin2 at mac.com
Tue Aug 24 10:55:44 PDT 2021

Then there’s all those cases in canon of {tu’lu’} where {lutu’lu’} would be appropriate…

-charghwI’, retired.

> On Aug 24, 2021, at 1:43 PM, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:
> On 8/24/2021 1:19 PM, Will Martin wrote:
>> It should be noted that omitting the verb prefix {lu-} is probably the single most common grammatical error in the language. Okrand has done it in canon multiple times.
>> It’s akin to screwing up “who” vs. “whom” in English. Anyone “who” knows the rules knows when to use “whom”, but might mindlessly screw up anyway, and others simply never get it right, in English always using “who” or in Klingon always using the null prefix for all third person subject verbs, even when the subject is plural and the object is singular.
> There's a difference. Klingons clearly know how to use lu- but just forget it sometimes; English speakers usually don't know the difference between who and whom. In English, using who as an object has become not only something to ignore, but actually acceptable and even preferred. If you use whom correctly, a lot of people will think your speech is stilted. That does not seem to be the case with Klingon lu-. We are told, instead, that omitting lu- may be jarring to many Klingons' ears and considered an error, but that it is often overlooked, except in formal situations. KGT also suggests that Klingons' general disagreeableness may be responsible for their not trying too hard to follow the grammatical rule of rom.
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