Type 6 verb suffixes

Type 6 verb suffixes, adding a qualification(1), can only be attached to verbs.


Suffix meaning
-chu' clearly, perfectly
-bej certainly, undoubtedly
-ba' obviously
-law' seemingly, apparently

clearly, perfectly

This suffix -chu' is used to express that the action described by the verb is done very precisely, perfectly, in a very good or intense way.
Some special canon examples:
lolchu' be in a correct attitude
Qapchu'meH 'aqroS chuq maximum effective range
chuHchu' hit with a thrown spear (implies not only throwing, but also hitting the target)
tlhoy Sop 'ach ghIq Qongchu'. He/she eats too much, but then he/she sleeps soundly.
HeDchu' retreat perfectly (means a full withdrawal)

When combined with the word Suv fight or Hay' duell, it implies that the fighting or duelling goes until death: Suvchu' They fight until death. (2) It is not certain if this is the case with all fighting verbs.

Klingonist Alan Anderson used to use the Klingon name ghunchu'wI' one who perfectly programs.

certainly, undoubtedly

The suffix -bej clarifies the certainty of the speaker about what he just said. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, General Chang asks DaSovbej'a'? Are you sure about that? (literally: "do you certainly know that?") During the attack scene in the same movie, some background voice yells nutojbej They have undoubtedly deceived us.

Based on the homonymous verb bej watch, there is a slang usage of that verb with the meaning of the suffix: bIbej'a' is literally "do you watch", but in its slang meaning is "are you sure?". (3)


-ba' means "obviously", like in "he is obviously lying": nepwI' Daba'.

There is an idiom based on the homonymous verb ba' sit. When somebody says quSDaq bIba' You sit in a chair, the meaning is "That is obvious what you just said.", but it has a negative connotation, as like rolling your eyes saying "Duh!" (4)

seemingly, apparently

-law' can be translated in phrases like "I think it's raining": SISlaw'

See also

Type Sort Suffixes
1 Oneself/one another -chuq, -'egh
2 Volition/predisposition -nIS, -qang, -rup, -beH, -vIp
3 Change -choH, -qa'
4 Cause -moH
5 Indefinite subject/ability -lu', -laH
6 Qualification -chu', -bej, -ba', -law'
7 Aspect -pu', -ta', -taH, -lI'
8 Honorific -neS
9 Syntactic markers -DI', -chugh, -pa', -vIS, -mo', -bogh, -meH, -'a', -jaj, -wI', -ghach
R Rovers -Ha', -Qo', -be', -qu'


1 : The Klingon Dictionary p. 39

2 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler

3 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, p. 145

4 : Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, p. 124

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