DaHjaj Hol 110901- while #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.

Our suffix today is the Type 9 verb suffix -vIS. V, Capital I, Capital S. -vIS is another of the “syntactic” suffixes, and means while. However, the most important thing to remember about -vIS is it can never occur without the Type 7 suffix -taH, indicating a continuous action. Thus, whenever you see -vIS, you should actually be seeing -taHvIS.

Not surprisingly, some examples will make this clear.

qaHoHtaHvIs jIHagh
while I killed you I laughed

HoD DaghomtaHvIS HIq vItlhutlh
while you met the captain I drank ale

pIj megh wISoptaHvIS chechqu’ SoSlI’
frequently, while we eat lunch, your mother is quite drunk

You may not know if you’ll master this suffix quickly, but as you practice it with the many verbs we’ve gone over previously, you’ll soon have the answer. That answer will help you, both with the language itself, and the worlds you’ll be opening. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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