Grammar » 19 » To be at / in...

-miit- is an affix that is attached to a noun meaning "to be somewhere".

illumiittuq He/she is in the house.
Jalunaimiittugut. We (3+) are in Yellowknfie.


The affix -miit- changes a q sound that comes before it to r and a k or t sound to m:

sirluaq shed
sirluarmiittut They (3+) are in the shed.
pulaarvik living room
pulaarvimmiittuuk They (2) are in the living room.


-miit- also shows up in questions:

namiippit? Where are you?
namiippa? Where is he/she/it?

-miit- has an alternate form, -niit- that shows up in expressions like:

iluaniittut They are inside.