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 I understand.
tukisinngittunga I don't understand.
qaijugut We are coming.
qainngittugut We are not comilng.