To talk about fractions, the verb loch can be used. It means "be a fraction of, make up a portion of, constitute part of", but Maltz did not explain how to use the verb with a noun (as in "a quarter of a cake").

Mathematical usage

Canon examples

  • wej loch cha' 2/3
  • vagh loch wej 3/5
  • loS loch jav 6/4

In theory, if appropriate in a mathematical discussion, one could say wa' loch wej "three one-ths". (Though perhaps a little grammatically aberrant, this would not be wa' luloch wej.) (1)

Fraction words

We know that numbers precede the noun they refer to (e.g. wa' DuS "one torpedo tube") unless they're a label or designation (e.g. DuS wa' "torpedo tube number 1") , so let's look at how the related nouns bID, SubmaH, and vatlhvI' are used:

bID / half

cha' choQmey naQ tu'lu' 'ej tep choQ bIngDaq lo' law' bID choQ tu'lu'
2 Full Decks and a Half Utility Deck under the Cargo Deck (KBoP)

yopwaH bID shorts (pants) (TNK)
paH bID skirt (TNK)
DIr paH bID kilt-like garment (qepHom 2015)
moQbID dome (TLP)

SubmaH / fraction, ratio

(qep'a' 2018): can be used to mean "frequency" in such constructions as wanI' SubmaH "frequency, occurrence ratio" or yay SubmaH "victory ratio" or "frequency of victories"

vatlhvI' / percent

cha'maH vagh vatlhvI' Hong, QIt yIghoS
Slow to one quarter impulse power. (ST5)

SIS 'e' 'aqlu', javmaH vatlhvI' DIch
It is predicted it will rain, 60% certainty. (qep'a' 2017)

Problem: vatlhvI' precedes the noun, SubmaH follows the noun, while bID does both!

See also


1 : qep'a' 2019, see new words qep'a' 26

Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 25 Nov 2019, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 06 Nov 2019 by KlingonTeacher
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