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

su versus bI

I'm getting lost. I keep seeing "su" and "bI" for you.

I can't figure out when to use the one versus the other.

Why is it suqong, and not bIqong?

Help, please?

~Aaron

August 27, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

Su- is used when addressing more than one person, bI- is used with a single person. So bIQong means "You (one person) sleep", whilst SuQong means "You all sleep".

It is kind of like tu and vous in French, except that in Klingon, you don't use the plural when addressing a single person as a sign of respect. There is a verb suffix for that.

August 27, 2019

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

An explanation is given in the Tips & Notes, but I know it’s a lot of new information and some details are bound to be difficult to understand or slip through the memory. However, since Duolingo has hidden the Tips & Notes I want to make sure you know about them and where to find them. If you have not been reading the Tips & Notes, I would like to ask that you review those so we don’t have to repeat too much of the information that we have explained there.

If you are doing the course on iOS or Android, you cannot currently access the Tips & Notes through the app. To access the Tips & Notes, you will have to access the course using a web browser at https://www.duolingo.com/. You can still do it on your mobile device, but you will have to use the web browser instead of the app (or you can do it from a computer). When you click on a Skill, it will expand to reveal a Start button, a key, and a light bulb.

If you click on the light bulb it will reveal the Tips & Notes and give you a detailed explanation of the grammar that is introduced in that Skill. If you have questions after reading the Tips & Notes for any Skills, then please return to the forum to ask your question, explaining what you didn’t understand or what seems contradictory to you.

August 27, 2019

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

I have been using my phone, and I didn't even know this was an option. THANK YOU!

August 27, 2019

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

Thank you

August 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael.Lubetsky

Qapla' batlh je

August 27, 2019
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