Verbs of motion

Verbs of motion are verbs that are used to describe a change of location, "moving" from one place to another.

These include e.g. jaH go, ghoS come, approach leng travel and so on.

vIH move (be in motion) is not one of these.


There is a major problem that we have many canon examples showing a use of those verbs, but Okrand has explained in an interview that there is an optional way solve that. This is confusing for beginners and it is unclear which way is the "correct" way.

Combination with locative suffix -Daq

Klingon translation Source
pa'Daq yIjaH Go to the room! TKD
teplIj yIwoH 'ej pa'lIjDaq yIjaH. Pick up your luggage and go to your room. CK
naDevvo' vaS'a'Daq majaHlaH'a'? Can we go to the Great Hall from here? PK
may'Daq jaHDI' SuvwI' juppu'Daj lonbe'. A warror does not abandon his friend when he goes to battle. TKW
ghorgh pa'wIjDaq jIchegh? When can I return to my room? PK

Depending of prefixes

Marc Okrand explained in HolQeD[citation needed]:
The prefix makes the difference in meaning. jI- means I'm moving along in someplace. vI- means I'm moving along to someplace.

lupDujHom vIchegh "I return to the shuttle."

See also

Category: Grammar    Latest edit: 19 Jun 2015, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 27 May 2014 by KlingonTeacher
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