Grammar » 9 » The Negative

In English we often use the word not to turn an affirmative sentence into a negative one:

I am tired. I am not tired.


In Inuktut, to express the negative, we often insert the affix −nngit− just before the verb ending:

nuvuja + nngit + tuq =  
nuvujanngittuq It is not cloudy.
qanniq + qqau + nngit + tuq =  
qanniqqaunngittuq It did not snow earlier.


When -nngit- is added to a root that ends in a consonant (q-, k-,-t-), it deletes the final consonant:

silalu+ nngit + tuq =  
silalunngittuq It is not raining.
qanniq + lau+ nngit + tuq =  
Ippatsaq qannilaunngittuq It did not snow yesterday.