Grammar » 16 » Commands (The Imperative)

The imperative is used to tell someone to do something, or indicate something that you would like to happen.

-git is used when you are speaking to one other person:

niri- to eat
nirigit Eat!


-git can be added directly to roots ending in vowels.  When it is added to roots ending in -k or -t, it deletes the final consonant:
tupak- to wake up
tupagit Wake up!
ingit- to sit down
ingigit Please, sit down.


With roots that end in -q, use -rit instead:

uqalimaaq- to read 
uqalimaarit Read!
When telling someone to do something, there is often an object or another person involved. In which, case we use different endings:
qai- to come
qaigit Come here!
qaiguk Bring it here!


like -git, the first letter of -guk changes to r- when added to a stem ending in -q:

qiniq- to look for something
qiniruk Go look for it!


Finally, if you are talking about more than one object, the affix you use changes:

qaiguk Bring it here.
qaikkik Bring the two of them here.
qaikkit Bring them here.