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  5. "Her name is definitely Mara."

"Her name is definitely Mara."

Translation:mara 'oHbej pongDaj'e'.

October 8, 2018



What is the literal word-for-word translation of this sentence, please?


The most literal English translation is As for her name, it is definitely Mara.

The topic of the sentence is marked with -'e'. pongDaj'e' means that her name is the topic of the sentence.

So now that we know that the sentence is all about her name, what are we saying about her name? mara 'oHbej. Ignore the -bej for a moment. mara 'oH is literally Mara it. This is how you link a noun to a pronoun. It means "I'm talking about an 'it,' and the 'it' I'm talking about is the name Mara."

Now add the -bej, which is a suffix meaning you are certain that what you say is true. mara 'oHbej Mara it. Definitely. Put into more natural English, we get It is definitely Mara.

Now combine this with the topic: Regarding the topic of her name, it is definitely Mara. Put into more natural English, we get Her name is definitely Mara.


Klingon sentences will often seem to appear in the reverse order of English ones (though not all elements get reversed, so don't get in the habit of translating from the back). So the first word of the Klingon is mara, which is a name. The second word of the Klingon is 'oHbej, which means "It definitely is ..." The third word of the Klingon is pongDaj'e' which means "as for her name."

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