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  5. "luqara' Ho' qeylIS."

"luqara' Ho' qeylIS."

Translation:Kahless admired Lukara.

July 1, 2019



Is there a reason as to why sometimes the grammer is completely reversed, and sometimes it reads straight through?


See the tips and notes on the website version of Duolingo for some of the rules of Klingon grammar. Better yet, get yourself a copy of The Klingon Dictionary, which explains most of the grammar.

Basically, Klingon sentence order is different than in English. The basic order is Object-Verb-Subject. That is, the object, the thing to which the action is done, always comes first, and the subject, the thing that does the action, always comes last. This is reversed from the usual English order of Subject-Verb-Object.

But Klingon isn't reversed English. Klingon is much more strict about word positioning than English is. The full verbal clause syntax is:

{time elements} {adverbials and syntactic noun phrases} {objects} {verb} {subject}.

For example,

wa'leS chaq DujDaq HoD legh la'
Maybe the commander will see the captain on the ship tomorrow

wa'leS tomorrow (noun, time element)
chaq perhaps (adverbial)
DujDaq on the ship (Duj ship, -Daq location) (syntactic noun)
HoD captain (object noun)
legh see (verb)
la' commander (subject noun)

Notice how the words follow the syntax order I listed above.

Then you can get more complicated, constructing genitive noun phrases, adding adjectivally acting verbs, using conjunctions, adding subordinate clauses, and so on. They all have their specific orders.

For instance, when one noun possesses another noun, you use the order {possessor} {possessed}: HoD quS captain's chair (the captain possesses the chair). Or when you conjoin nouns with je and or other noun conjunctions, the conjunction comes at the end of the list of nouns: HoD la' Sogh je the captain, the commander, and the lieutenant. Or if you modify a noun with an adjectival verb, the verb follows the noun: HoD val the clever captain (val clever).

You'll need to learn all these various positioning rules.


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I'm going to be really proud of myself when I fully internalize the object-verb-subject order so I don't keep getting things wrong :(


Keep at it. You will get there. Once you do, it'll feel totally natural and sensible.

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