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"You walk and I run."

Translation:bIyIt 'ej jIqet.

May 14, 2018



When do "'ej/je" come before and when do they come after the last inclusion?


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Would "I walk, run and jump" be "jIyIt, jIqet 'ej jISup"? Two parts to this question - does the prefix have to be included for each verb (rather than, for example, "jIyIt, qet, Sup je"), and do lists of verbs therefore never use "je" (because there is always a subject or implied subject)?


Would "I walk, run and jump" be "jIyIt, jIqet 'ej jISup"?

I think it would probably be jIyIt 'ej jIqet 'ej jISup.

At any rate, all the verbs should have a subject prefix and the result is three sentences so you would use 'ej, not je, to combine them.


I agree that every verb has to have a prefix and I also favor putting an 'ej between every pair of sentences, though I think we have evidence of a list of sentences with 'ej only before the final one and some klingonists definitely believe that's the more appropriate method.

However, I have no problem also putting je after a sentence that is already connected by 'ej to give an "and also" type of emphasis.


blylt 'ej jlqet

i wrote this!


You are using lowercase L, but in this sentence each of those is an uppercase i. It is unfortunate that in the Duolingo font they look so similar, but if you look closely you can see the small curl at the bottom of the l that distinguishes it from the I. Getting used to where an l might appear in a syllable and where an I might appear is one of those hurdles that makes beginning to learn Klingon challenging. Until you get familiar with the patterns you will have to look carefully for the presence of absence of that curl.

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