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"Does Mara understand?"

Translation:yaj'a' mara?

October 2, 2018



First post. Math is hard. Klingon is harder. And I'm not yet getting it.


It's not actually that hard, you're just not used to it.

The order of a basic sentence is object-verb-subject. The object is the noun to which the action is done. The subject is the noun which does the action. Not all sentences have objects. Klingon allows pronouns (he, she, it, they, etc.) to be dropped from object or subject positions, so sometimes it looks like there is no subject or object when it's just an elided pronoun.

In this case you have a basic sentence with a verb and a subject — there is no object. The verb is yaj understand, and it's got the suffix -'a' on it, which makes it a yes/no question. The subject of the sentence is mara, which is a Klingon's name.

So it's a question as to whether the subject, Mara, does the verb, understand.


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