Grammar » 44 » The Affix -qati

This very common affix is attached to a verb to indicate someone or some people who do something with someone else:

pi + qati = piqati  
piqati friend; companion
   
ilinniaq- to learn
ilinniaqati classmate
   
iqqanaijaq- to work
iqqanaijaqati co-worker
   
mumiq- to dance
mumiqati dancing partner
   
katima- to meet
katimaqati someone with whom one meets

-qati is often followed by the affix -gi- meaning to have, which is in turn followed by a transitive verb ending:

Susi ilinniaqatigijara Susi is my classmate (literally, I have Susi as a classmate).
miqsuqatigijanga She sews with her.
katimaqatigijunnaqqinnga? Can you meet with me?
Taiviti iqqanaijaqatigiviuk? Do you work with Taiviti? (literally, do you have Taiviti as a co-worker)?

With regard to the last example above, when answering a question like this, the construction is usually simplified when you answer:

ii, iqqanaijaqatiga
Yes, he is my co-worker.