Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Xu zi fumspir fumkana? Do you smoke a pipe?
Or, I could arrange for xu to make a question out of the following word, not the whole sentence.
Xu zi fumspir fumkana? Do YOU smoke a pipe? Is it you that smokes a pipe?
Zi xu fumspir fumkana? Do you SMOKE a pipe? (as opposed to doing something else with it)
Zi xu fumspir xu fumkana? Do you smoke a PIPE? Is it a pipe that you smoke?
Problem with this is, how do I make the whole thing a question? Well, 'ke' turns a whole phrase into an argument, thus.
Zi jino. You are a man
Go jan ke zi jino. I know that you're a man.
So, ke can operate with xu the same way.
Xuke zi fumspir fumkana?
I think that'll work, so the equivalent for ĉu is xuke. Now, what about an afterthought? Well, 'hay' means yes, or 'it is so.' So:
Zi fumspir funkana, xu hay? You smoke a pipe, don't you?
How does this sound to everybody?