Grammar » 8. 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 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/she is not happy.
Here are some more examples of how the negative is used:
tukisijunga tukisinngittunga
I understand. I don't understand.
qaijugut qainngittugut
We are coming. We are not comilng.