Grammar » 49. The Affix -jariatsaq

This affix is added to the end of a verb root in order to talk about the action it describes in a general way.

nirijuq he is eating
nirijariatsaq eating
Nirijariatsaq quviagijanga He enjoys eating.

-giatsaq is the form of the affix used after a root ending in -k or -t :

sinittuq she is walking
sinigiatsaq walking
sinigiatsaq iqiagijanga He does not feel like sleeping.

-riatsaq is the form of the affix used after a root ending in -q :

mumiqtuuk They (2) are dancing.
mumiriatsaq dancing
mumiriatsaq quviagijara I enjoy dancing.