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"Hol Dajatlh'a'?"

Translation:Do you speak the language?

March 16, 2018



Klingon does not have articles (the/a)?


No it does not.


That's correct -- Hol can be "the language" or "a language".

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    'a' is used to form questions?


    It's used with verbs to form yes–no questions, yes.

    (But not WH questions with a question word such as "who" or "why" or "how".)


    So, for those of you (any of you) who understand Chinese, it would be akin to the question particle 嗎, which is often added to a simple standard sentence in order to convert it into a yes-no question.



    Or to other similar question particles such as -ko/-kö in Finnish or か in Japanese.


    Can this not be translated as "What language do you speak?"


    No -- there is nothing in this sentence that would convey the meaning "what" or "which".


    Why is the prefix Da- used instead of bI-?


    Because the verb has a direct object here (the language).

    Remember that verb prefixes mark not only the subject, but also the object or absense of one.

    bI- indicates "subject = you [one person]; no object" while Da- indicates "subject = you [one person]; object = him/her/it/them".

    In this case, the object of Hol "the language", which counts as an "it", so you need the prefix Da-.

    If you want to refresh your memory of those two prefixes, have a look at https://www.duolingo.com/skill/kl/Useful-phrases/tips-and-notes .

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