IPA: rin.'tah ]


it remains accomplished

word type: verb, TKD chapter 4.
transitivity: This verb does not take an object: rIntaH vay'.

This verb is made of the parts rIn and taH.


The Klingon Dictionary p. 41
First used in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (see list)

Canon examples

qa'vam De' vIje' rIntaH.
I have purchased the Genesis data. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

luHoH rIntaH
they have killed him/her (TKD, 41)

ghIq Qo'noSDaq Qap rIntaH 'e' Sov / qeylIS / qotar lIjbe'
Then, the time came when Kahless saw / That his work on Kronos was done, / He did not forget Kotar. (paq'batlh)

porgh HoH wa' 'etlh / qa' tlhabmoH wa' 'etlh / tlhIngan choHlu' rIntaH
One blade to extinguish the physical life, / One blade for freeing the soul, / The Klingon's transition was complete. (paq'batlh)

Questions about this word

It is not clear if it makes sense using this construction (or the suffix -ta') with verbs of quality.
Note: If this problem has been solved already, please edit this file and add the answer.

More Information

rIntaH is a special construction that can be used instead the suffix -ta', conveying the same meaning of an accomplished action. It always comes in this combination with -taH, and the zero prefix. This construction literally means "it continues to be finished" or "it remains accomplished." It is used to indicate that the action is a fait accompli: it is done, and it cannot be undone, implying an absolute finality.

Sometimes, rIntaH is used for dramatic effect, even in cases when the action could be undone.

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Latest edit: 23 Jan 2020, by KlingonTeacher
Created: 23 Jan 2020, by KlingonTeacher

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