Grammar » 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
tupagitWake up!
ingit-to sit down
ingigitPlease, 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
qaigitCome 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
qinirukGo 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.