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"SuvwI' Haqpu' HaqwI'."

Translation:The surgeon has performed surgery on the warrior.

March 21, 2018



I put "a surgery" and it was marked wrong.


That's right - "surgery" is uncountable in English.

It's a bit like how a doctor can "practice medicine", but you wouldn't say that he "practiced a medicine" on one particular patient.

You can perform an operation, but you wouldn't perform "a surgery".


That's not really true in all dialects of English. In my midwestern US English I frequently say that I have a surgery scheduled for Friday morning. I guess it's sort of short hand for "a surgical case" or "a surgical procedure". But it's pretty common around here to think of surgeries as discrete and countable things.


Yup. Can confirm, I would accept "a surgery" as short for "a surgical operation".


Thanks! I'll add that, then.

Edit: I see jdmcowan has already done so.


You guys are so on top of things. It already accepted the future perfect without my having to report it.


Same. It is something I would say.


Why is this "Haqpu'" rather than "Haqta'"? Surely the surgery was intentional.


Why is this "Haqpu'" rather than "Haqta'"? Surely the surgery was intentional.

-pu' does not say anything either way about whether the action was intentional or not.

-ta' is explicit about there being an intention; -pu' is neutral in this regard.

So any -ta' can be replaced by -pu' without a contradiction, if you don't feel the need to emphasise the intentionality.


"Haqpu'...? Is this another one of those weird words where it only looks like it has a suffix on it, but doesn't really? Cuz I woulda thought "Haqpu'" would mean multiple surgical operations, not just the one.


Check the Tips & Notes for this Skill again. This is the verb suffix -pu' (perfective), not the noun suffix -pu' (plural beings capable of language).


That's just goofy; you'd think His Okrandship coulda picked a different sound.

Ah, well.


That sort of thing happens in natural language. Think about how in English adding an s to a word can make a noun plural or inflect a verb or make a noun possessive but it doesn't cause confusion in meaning for native speakers.


There are a few suffixes which mean something different depending on whether they are on a verb or a noun: at least -'a', -pu', -lI', -wI'.

And -mo' is also both a verb and a noun suffix but the meanings are very similar.

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