DaHjaj Hol 110303 – Purpose Clause #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 I have a special treat for you, another of the extremely powerful Type 9 verb suffixes. You’re going to get a lot of use out of this one. The suffix is –meH. M, E, Capital H. –meH is what we might think of as a “purpose clause marker.” It means for, or for the purpose of, or in order to. Basically, it turns its verb into a reason for whatever noun or verb it precedes. It can be tricky stuff, but fortunately, I’m going to give you plenty of examples:

vavlI’ vIHoHmeH vISuvchoH
for the purpose of killing your father, I began to fight him

rut nIQ DaSopmeH jabwI’ Datu’nIS
sometimes in order for you to eat breakfast, you need to find a waiter

reH tlhutlhmeH HIq wImaS
we always prefer liquor for drinking

romuluSngan yu’meH be’nI’ betleH vIvoq
I trust the sister’s bat’leth for questioning the Romulan

A person may found the –meH clause particularly useful, because it expands what can be said in a single sentence. This is turn lets you use more vocabulary and link your ideas together into more cohesive strings of words. Think of it as building keys to unlock doors. Opening them as you go, much like language opens worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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