Grammar » 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 Inuktitut, to express the negative, we often insert the affix −nngit− just before the subject of the verb:

taqa + nngit + tunga = taqanngittunga I am not tired.
qai + qqau + nngit + tut = qaiqqaunngittut They did not come.
When -nngit- is added to a root that ends in a consonant (q,k,t), it deletes the final consonant:
quviasuk + nngit + tuq = quviasunngittuq He is not happy.
Here are some more examples of how the negative is used:
iqqanaijaqtuq He is working. iqqanaijanngittuq
He is not working.
naammattuq It is O.K. naammanngittuq It’s not O.K.
tukisijunga I understand. tukisinngittunga I don’t understand.
qaijugut We 3 are coming qainngittugut We 3 are not coming.