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The word for "no"

The lesson description for "Dialogue I" reads in part:

The words HISlaH and ghobe'

HISlaH means "yes" and ghobe' means "no". These words are primarily used to answer yes/no questions. Later in the course, you will learn another word - Qo' - which is used to express refusal (as in "No, I won't!").

Note that unlike the English word "no", this word cannot be used as a determiner (as in "We have no bananas."), nor as an adverb ("I am no better."); it is strictly used as an exclamation.**

Does the second paragraph refer to ghobe', to Qo' or to both words?

April 2, 2018

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.Gregor

Definitely to "ghobe'", but I'm pretty sure you can't use "Qo'" in those examples either.

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

What is said applies to both words, though I think the author was only meaning to apply it to ghobe', deferring discussion of Qo' to a later time. The second paragraph should be rewritten to make clearer what is being talked about.

April 2, 2018

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

As others have said: The description applies to both words, but ghobe' was probably the one being referred to. I've updated the text to hopefully make this more clear.

April 2, 2018
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