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"jIHeghchugh HoD DagheS SoH."

Translation:If I die, you will assume the duties of captain.

March 19, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qurgh

duties of "the" captain.

Edit: The gloss has "the captain" as a valid translation but no matter how I phrase it "the captain" isn't accepted.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlyongemallo

I assume the captain is speaking. Wouldn't he/she be speaking of him/herself in third person by saying "the captain"? The "duties of captain" is about the duties of a rank, whereas the "duties of the captain" is more about the duties of a person. I think the former is more appropriate if the speaker is the captain, though the latter isn't wrong.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/qurgh

If the speaker was the captain, then wouldn't they say "my duties"? Talking about youself in the third person is strange, at least to my ear. I assumed that the speaker wasn't the captain, but might have assumed the duties of the captain at some point in the past.

Ranks don't have duties, positions have duties. The commander of a ship is called the captain regardless of if they have the rank, and whoever assumes that job will become the captain.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlyongemallo

You're technically right, I meant position not rank. But I'm assuming that the captain is talking to someone (presumably his or her first officer) he's giving a battlefield promotion to, in the event of the captain's death in the upcoming undoubtedly glorious battle, so rank and position are the same here.

March 21, 2018
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