[tlhIngan Hol] Pizza is my favorite!

James Landau savegraduation at yahoo.com
Fri May 14 15:20:12 PDT 2021


>Date: Wed, 12 May 2021 16:40:58 -0400
>From: SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name>

>> 1. Is *parHa'* the best way to say "love", or could *muSHa'* also be used?
>
>*muSHa'* is usually the word we use for /love. /*parHa'* means /like./

Oh, all right. I sort of suspected this.

>The *law'/puS* (comparative, superlative) sentence can only be used with 
>qualities. *parHa'* is an action, not a quality, so it can't be used in 
>a superlative sentence like this.

Thanks for making this clear. When I first saw all the grammatical phenomena that followed from adjectives becoming stative verbs in Klingon, I was impressed with the way -wI' could be added to mean "person/thing who/that is [adj.]". Like you could take the verb *nen* meaning "to be adult", and add -wI' to get *nenwI'*, "an adult". Or you could take *ven*, a verb meaning "to be nerdy", and add -wI' to get *venwI'*, a noun meaning "nerd". I guess the semantic difference between action verbs and stative verbs still manifests itself grammatically in some ways.

>Your first sentence is correct. (The pronoun *jIH* is optional here, and 
>usually dropped, but it's not wrong to use it.) For your second 
>sentence, maybe try using the verb *qaq* /be preferable./ With that 
>verb, you don't even need a superlative sentence. If you want a 
>superlative sentence, consider using *QaQ*/be good/ or *'ey*/be 
>delicious./ Either way, to make it "my" favorite, you might need the 
>word *jIHvaD* /for me./
>
>I'll let you work it out from there.

Thanks for leading me to *qaq*. I didn't think to look up the word "preferable".
How about:
pItSa' chab vImuSHa'. jIHvaD qaq pItSa'!
  
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