RE: [quenya] um...
_Uuhanyan ilye quettalyar, mal quetuva_: most of us are very busy. It's not _ilquen firin naa_.
--- On Wed 07/28, apesrstupid < stupidape@... > wrote:
>ma ily� queni firner?
What I think you wrote: What all people [died?]?
_mana_ is also used for "what", but its actual meaning may be "what is [rest of the question]?".
You can use _ilquen_ for "everyone" (attested in WJ [War of the Jewels]).
_firner_ is correct for the past tense of _fir-_, but you could also use the present perfect (_ifiirier_) or the adjective _firin_ (or _qualin_, if refering to death of unnatural cause).
>man umel care quet�?
What I think you wrote: Who [you do not / you are not?] do/make speak?
_umel_ should probably be _umil_ if you are trying to conjugate _ume_ in the aorist tense with "you" as the subject.
You don't need the _care_ or the _umil_ because the "do not" part is covered by the verb (as long as you put in something like uu- or laa or la- to make it negative) and the "make" part would only be correct if you were asking "Why do you not make words?" or something similar.
So, were you saying: Has everyone died [Everyone has died, haven't they]? Why don't you speak?
(Ilquen ifiirier, lau? Manan uuquetuval(ye*)? (or _laa quetuval(ye)_ [with stressed negation] or _laquetuval(ye)_ [not stressing the negation])(or _uutecuval(ye)_...because this is all done through writing.))
* the -ye seems to be optional unless you are adding another ending to the word (like the -s for "it" in _utuuvienyes!_)
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