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Inherent Plural

There are some nouns that have a plural meaning already, and therefore cannot take a plural suffix. (1) There are several terms derived from these that are also inherently plural. Some examples include De' jengva' "CD, data disc" and Hong boq chuyDaH "impulse fusion thrusters".

Grammatical usage

Such inherently plural nouns are grammatically singular and take the singular verb prefix: cha yIjun Evade the torpedoes! instead of tIjun evade them. The plural suffix -mey can be attached to the singular form, but it always has the meaning of "all over the place": DoSmey targets scattered all over the place.

List of words

The singular counterpart is not always known for all inherently plural nouns.

translation singular plural
ancestor qempa' no'
ashes - tIpqan
attitude-control thrusters - lolSeHcha
deflectors rI'gheS begh
energy beings - HoSDo'
Koskari 'angwIl qoSqa'rIy
plate jengva' ngop
punctuation - tlhavqop
sock tu'mI' paSlogh
soldier mang negh
target DoS ray'
tactic toyDal to'
teachings - paQDI'norgh
thrusters vIj chuyDaH
torpedo peng cha
troops - QaS

See the page ➞ category noun for an automatically generated list of inherently plural nouns that are part of the wiki's dictionary.


1 : The Klingon Dictionary, p. 23

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