Sentence as object

The expression sentence as object refers to the use of a topic pronoun - either 'e' or net - to refer to the previous sentence. 'e' and net are only used as objects of a verb, thus the effect is as if the previous sentence itself were the object of the verb(1).


bIHoS 'e' vISov
I know that you are strong.

qaSpu' wanI' potlh 'e' maq ta'
The emperor proclaimed that something important had taken place.

The verb neH

When the second verb is neH want, 'e' is not used:

jIjatlh vIneH
I want to speak.

The meaning of net

"net VERB" is formally equivalent to 'e' VERBlu' (MOVED TO... verb suffix -lu') . There is no sentence as subject. Although many English-speaking Klingonists are at first distressed by the lack of a means to construce a sentence as a subject, they soon learn that such a construction is unnecessary, and that alternatives are available, many of them involving the verb suffix -meH. (See also Today is a good day to die.)

Aspect suffixes do not go on verbs with 'e' or net as object(2).

Multiple sentences as object

Each SAO used in a phrase creates a new sentence which can be used again as a SAO. It's absolutely correct to say:

targh DaSop 'e' vIlegh ['e'] DaneH 'e' vISov
I know that you want me to see that you eat the targ.

info The 'e' in brackets is added to show the basic structure of the sentence. It is usually not used in combination with the verb neH want .

See also


1 : The Klingon Dictionary 6.2.5. p. 65

2 : The Klingon Dictionary 6.2.5. p. 66

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