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"You are alive."


March 21, 2020



shouldn't the translation be: yIn SoH?


Klingon verbs generally require prefixes to agree with their objects and subjects. In the sentence You are alive or You live, the subject is you (singular) and there is no object. That combination requires the prefix bI- on the verb.

Furthermore, you can almost always drop a pronoun when it is the subject or object of a verb. (Sometimes you keep it for clarity, if the subject or object wouldn't be clear.)

So the full sentence is bIyIn SoH, but since we usually drop pronouns as subject or object, we are more likely to say bIyIn. But yIn SoH is wrong because it lacks the required prefix.


The full chart of prefixes is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klingon_grammar#Prefixes

A perhaps more layman-accessible, but a little less complete, version is here: http://www.klingonwiki.net/En/Prefix


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