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  5. "torgh, mara Dayaj'a'?"

"torgh, mara Dayaj'a'?"

Translation:Torg, did you understand Mara?

June 15, 2018



I'm super confused about Dayaj'a'. Sometimes it means do you understand and sometimes did ge/she/it understand

July 22, 2019


Dayaj'a' should never mean, "Did he/she/it understand?". The prefix Da- means that the grammatical subject (the person/thing doing the action) must be second person singular ("you") and the grammatical object (the person/thing the action is done to) is third person ("he/she/it/they"). To get "Did he/she/it understand?" you would need to have a null prefix (the absence of a prefix really, but for consistency in talking about prefixes I prefer to treat it as a silent and invisible prefix) which would give us yaj'a'. Note that your other suggestion "Do you understand?" has a second person subject ("you"), but doesn't have an object at all. This would be represented by the prefix bI- as in bIyaj'a'.

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July 23, 2019
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