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"You have to learn that you are not always right."

Translation:reH Sulughbe' 'e' boghojnIS.

November 13, 2019

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

"reH Sulughbe'" means "you are not always right"; but couldn't it be interpreted instead, albeit slightly awkwardly, as "you are always NOT right" (i.e., always wrong)? In this case, the latter sentence could be expressed more directly in a positive way in Klingon (e.g., with "reH Sumuj"), but in other cases there may not be a convenient such word; wouldn't the interpretation then be ambiguous? How do Klingons handle this?


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

Your analysis is correct. Consider it a normal part of language: sometimes it's ambiguous, and sometimes there is more than one way to say the same thing.


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

I came here to ask this very question. Thank you!

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