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"not vum yIHmey."

Translation:Tribbles never work.

November 30, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TARDISToni

'ach boghDI' chaH, yatlh. poH choq 'oH. :-)

November 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kahless62003

I'm not sure tribbles are in the class of beings that can use language, so I'd say {bIH} is a bit more appropriate.

November 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TARDISToni

D'oH! My bad - I was focusing so much on where best to put the pronoun in order to achieve (hopefully) correct grammar, I failed to pick the correct version of it. Nevertheless, if that's the only thing that's wrong, then I've done well. :)

November 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdmcowan

I'm not completely comfortable with you referring to their pregnancy as "it", but the sentence is grammatically correct and understandable even with the controversial semantics.

November 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidTrimb3

Easily fixed!

boghDI' bIH, yatlh. poH luchoq.

December 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TARDISToni

Yes, that's probably better, if not an exact translation. I was, of course, attempting to paraphrase Dr. McCoy's famous response: "Nearest thing I can figure out is, they're born pregnant. Which is really quite a timesaver." ;-)

So, it is the tribbles' very state of being pregnant that's saving the time, not the tribbles themselves actively saving it. If there's a way to say 'which,' we could possibly express it better that way, since I don't expect there to be a word for 'timesaver' ...

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TARDISToni

poH choqwI' ? :-)

December 4, 2018
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