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  5. "qeylIS vIHoH."

"qeylIS vIHoH."

Translation:I killed Kahless.

March 23, 2018



Molor is avenged.


Klingons grieve


Why in vIHoH it's vI and not jI?


English and many other languages only change the verb based on the subject (the one doing the action), but Klingon prefixes also include information about the object (who or what the action is done to). jI- means that an object is not being specified: I walk, I sleep, I eat, I read, etc. Some of these verbs can take an object, but no object had been included in those sentences, so jI- would be the proper prefix. jIHoH means "I kill," and makes no mention of who or what you kill.

vI-, on the other hand, means that a grammatical object IS being specified. I may be assuming you know the grammatical object I'm referring to or I may actual add the object to my Sentence: I eat it, I read books, I see her, I drink water, etc. vI- would be the proper prefix with a first-person singular subject ("I") and a third person object ("he/she/it/them"). vIHoH means "I kill him/her/it/them." Without specifying who him/her/it/them is/are I'm leaving some vagueness, but usually there is context which would allow you to understand exactly who or what I meant. In this case the name of Kahless has been added, so you know exactly who is being (or has been or will be) killed. Because there is a grammatical object (qeylIS), you cannot use jI-.

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