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"pong 'oH'a'?"

Translation:Is it a name?

September 16, 2018



Are the words properly translated as: pong = name; 'oH = it; 'a' = is?


In this sentence, pong is, indeed, the noun for "name". It's also worth noting that an identical word pong is a verb for "to name/to call".

Officially 'oH is a pronoun which is very close in meaning to "it". The suffix -'a' is not a verb, it is a special attachment that turns a verb into a question. However, notice that there is no verb in this sentence and the interrogative suffix is instead attached to the pronoun. Klingon pronouns can do this very special thing in Klingon where they can act like a verb in a "to be" sentence. So, the pronoun 'oH ("it") can act like a pronoun and verb: 'oH ("it is"). So the sentence pong 'oH means, "It is a name". Since the pronoun is acting like a verb here, it can also take verb suffixes like the interrogative suffix -'a'. So, pong 'oH'a' becomes the question, "Is it a name?"

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