DaHjaj Hol 110626 – first person plural commands #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.

That pesky Fek’lhr has struck again (HIvqa’ veqlargh) and so I begin with a correction. Last week we looked at the imperative prefix HI- and I told you it was used when the object of the command is first person, both singular and plural, when in fact HI- is used only when the object is first person singular, or me. To clear this up, let’s look at the imperative prefix used when the object is first person plural, which is to say us. That prefix is gho-, GH, O. And like with HI-, you can use it when the subject is either singular or plural.

salute us

nuHIV romuluSnganpu’ ghoHub
if the Romulans attack us, defend us

maSeychoHchugh ghoSuv
if we become excited, fight us

Again, let me apologize for the confusion last week’s error has caused. To repeat, when using an imperative prefix whose object is first person singular or me, use HI-. When using an imperative prefix whose object is first person plural or us, use gho-. In either instance, the subject is second person, either singular or plural. Take some time to go over this in your mind today, and the distinction will become clear to you. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

no object me us you you (pl) him/her/it them
I jI- qa- Sa- vI- vI-
we ma- pI- re- wI- DI-
you bI- cho- ju- Da- Da-
you (pl) Su- tu- che- bo- bo-
he/she/it mu- nu- Du- lI-
they mu- nu- nI- lI- lu-
you yI- HI- gho- yI- tI-
you (pl) pe- HI- gho- yI- tI-


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