Locatives

box.png Locatives are words that indicate where something is located. In Klingon, these are all treated as nouns, so they can take suffixes depending on the use. Most of these nouns are translated as "area behind" and "area above" etc, but the word "area" is omitted in the following list for better readability.

To express the idea of being at a place, use the locative suffix -Daq or make a to be-construction.

Klingon Translation Notes
Hur outside
qoD inside
botlh center, middle
'em behind
tlhop in front of can also mean "public area"
retlh next to
Dop side
joj between usually between two objects
bIng below
Dung above a regional word for forehead is Huy'Dung, literally "area above he eyebrows"
nIH right side
poS left side
yor top (exterior) upper surface of a closed box
'aqroS top (interior) the underside of a top, like below a table
pIrmuS bottom (exterior) underside of an object
bIS'ub bottom (interior) inside bottom of a box or cup

Usage

These terms can either be used on their own, or describe the location relative to a noun. Usually they follow the nouns whose position they are indicating: "behind the door" = lojmIt 'em. It is also possible to use a pronoun instead of a noun. Using a possessive suffix instead of a pronoun will be understood, but is not the proper way and is described as the Sakrej dialect. (1)

Canon Examples

This example proves that one can attach a suffix to a locative noun:

HurDaq tu'HomIraHvetlh yIlan.
Get that piece of junk out of here! (Klingon CD)

DopDaq qul yIchenmoH QobSI' ghu'.
Put fire aside when there is danger. (replacement proverb from Power Klingon)

poSDaq nIHDaq je QamtaHvIS SuvwI'pu', chaH jojDaq yItnIS lopwI'.
The initiate must pass through a gauntlet of warriors. (SkyBox #S9)

References

1 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, p. 24

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