[tlhIngan Hol] Don't be alarmed, now.

SuStel sustel at trimboli.name
Mon Nov 1 15:43:10 PDT 2021

On 11/1/2021 6:05 PM, luis.chaparro at web.de wrote:
>> The rule seems to be very limited if we look at the semantics of the sentence. I use -'egh and -moH on yIbItHa'qu because it's a command to make yourself un-alarmed, something to actively do. The command with yIbItqu' is a command not to enter an alarmed state, something that one doesn't actively do to oneself. I'm not entirely sure that -'eghmoH is needed here.
>> Maybe it would be better to say yIbItqu'choHQo' Don't change state to being alarmed.
>> In general, I just don't know the answer to your question of whether the negative form requires -'eghmoH. If often feels wrong.
> Thank you for clarifying!
> I know there is no simple answer, I just want to be sure I've understood your explanation. You tend to use *-eghmoH* when the subject can control or influence the required change.*Cause yourself to be un-alarmed or relaxed*  makes sense, because*becoming relaxed*  is something one can actively do (with exercises, analysis etc.).*Don't cause yourself to be alarmed or nervous*  makes no sense, because*becoming nervous*  is something one cannot*cause*, something one doesn't control, it's a state one is brought to and therefore you cannot command someone not to cause a state she or he is not able to cause anyway. Or am I missing something here?

Yes, that's pretty much what I mean.

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