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In Inuktut, you can tell someone to do something, or indicate something that you would like to happen by using an imperative verb ending.

-git is the verb ending used when you are speaking to one person:

niri- to eat
nirigit ! Eat!
qai- to come
qaigit ! Come here!


-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:

isiq- to enter; to come in
isirit ! Come in!


-gittik / -rittik is the verb ending used when talking to two people:

qaigittik ! Come here, you two!
tupagittik ! Wake up, you two!
isirittik ! Come in, you two!

-gitsi / -ritsi is the verb ending used when talking to three or more people:

qaigitsi / qaigitti Come here! (talking to 3+ people)
tupagitsi / tupagitti Wake up! (talking to 3+ people)
isiritsi / isiritti Come in! (talking to 3+ people)