The word part -'eghmoH consists of the type 1 suffix -'egh oneself plus the type 4 verb suffix -moH cause. When attached to a verb, it can be translated literally as "cause oneself to [verb]", or, when used with a quality verb, "cause oneself to [be adjective]".

Grammatical rules


Although it would be grammatically correct, verbs of quality generally are not combined simply with an imperative prefix. So you don't say "be smart" yIval but you say the command as a change of status: "Cause yourself to be smart." yIval'eghmoH (1)

Suffix order

When the suffix -'egh is used with a verb that is defined as a two-syllable verb with a -moH suffix (like poSmoH open or like quvmoH honor) then the relative ordering of suffixes must be followed, causing the suffix to be "inserted" and apparently splitting the verb.

Canon Examples

he/she honors him/herself (st.k message)

Heat yourself! ("Cause yourself to be hot!") KGT p. 117

Freeze yourself! ("Cause yourself to be frozen!") KGT p. 117

muptaHvIS tay''eghmoH QeHDaj Hoch.
All his rage focused in one blow (paq'batlh p. 158-159)

Okrand about the verb tach:
You could use jItach'eghmoH if there were a particular struggle or effort or accomplishment or something like that involved, something that might prevent you from turning yourself over or that's making it particularly hard to do.


1 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler p. 117

Category: Grammar    Latest edit: 18 Sep 2020, by KlingonTeacher    Created: 18 Sep 2020 by KlingonTeacher
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