DaHjaj Hol 110203 #tlhIngan #tlh

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Hello, and welcome. You’re listening to DaHjaj Hol, your daily dose of Klingon language.

I’m your host, Lawrence Schoen and today is Thursday, February 3rd, 2011, and that’s reason enough to explore a new suffix.

Today we’re going to take a look at another of the Type 9 verb suffixes, specifically –DI’. That’s Capital D, Capital I, Apostrophe.

-DI’ means when or as soon as

As with several of the Type 9 suffixes, you can use –DI’ to set up a two stage, complex sentence. Like so:

jI’ojDI’ jItlhutlh
when I’m thirsty, I drink

qaHoHDI’ bIHeghchoH
when I kill you, you will die

and isn’t that a neat trick?

Of course, because it’s a Type 9 suffix, you can stack lots of other verb suffixes in front of it. Consider:

HaghDI’ romuluSngan DaHoH
as soon as the Romulan laughs, you kill him

HaghrupDI’ romuluSngan DaHoH
as soon as the Romulan is ready to laugh, you kill him

Haghrupqa’DI’ romuluSngan DaHoH
as soon as the Romulan is ready to laugh again, you kill him

As you can see, a well used Type 9 verb suffix is powerful stuff, and a person may discover many new possibilities because of the way they start to use them. You might find you’re just such a person, as you work out –DI’ with the vocabulary you already know. Yeah, Type 9 suffixes are clear proof of why I say, qo’mey poSmoH Hol, Language Opens Worlds.


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