Grammar » 11 » The Verb -tuq-

 

The affix -tuq- is used after noun roots to indicate something one eats, something one drinks or something that one uses somehow:
tiituqtugut We (3+) are drinking tea.
natsiminiqtuqtuq He/she is eating seal meat.
umiaqtuqtut They are boating.
kaapiturumavit? Do you want some coffee?

-tuq- can be attached to any root without changing the consonant sound that comes before it.


The root imiq on its own means “water” or it can become a verb root, followed by a verb ending, to mean “to drink”.  If you want to ask someone if they would like some water, do not use the affix –tuq- with the root imiq-.  The correct way to ask the question is:

imirumavit?  Do you want to drink (some water)?
imirumajunga I want to drink some water.
imiqtuq He is drinking water.