Klingon/Grammar/Subject-Object-Verb

This page explains to what a subject, object and verb are.

Words to learn:

loD - man

legh - see

jup - friend

Example sentenceEdit

The man eats the chicken

VerbEdit

The verb is in italic. It is the 'action word', it tells you what the subject (the man) is doing. In this sentence it is 'eat'. Other verbs could be 'walk' 'sit' or 'jump'

SubjectEdit

The subject is in bold. It is the thing that is doing the action (verb). In this sentence 'the man' is the subject. He 'eats'

ObjectEdit

The object is underlined. It is the thing that the verb is being 'done to'. So in this sentence it is the chicken that is being eaten. Unlike the other two, a sentence does not have to have an object. The sentence 'The man eats.' makes sense, while 'Eats the chicken' does not.

EnglishEdit

In English, the order is Subject Verb Object. In other languages other word orders are used e.g. in Turkish Subject Object Verb, in Welsh Verb Subject Object.

KlingonEdit

In Klingon the order is Object Verb Subject. (This is unusual; 95% of languages have the Subject before the Object). This takes time to get used to; 'Man sees friend' is not 'loD legh jup' but 'jup legh loD'. It may help you if you think of it as 'Friend is seen by man'.

Last modified on 12 July 2009, at 05:16