The Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) dialects of Inuktut are fairly precise in how they deal with tenses. Affixes are added to verbs that indicate that an event will happen in the immediate future, later the same day or farther in the future.
The Immediate Future
To talk about event that will happen later the same day, isert the affix -niaq- between the verb and the subject ending:
|What are you doing?||What will you be doing?|
|I am eating.||I will be eating.|
When -niaq- is added to a root that ends in -q, the q changes to r.
|kaapituq + niaq + tunga =||kaapiturniaqtunga.|
|I will be drinking coffee.|
|pisuk/pisut + niaq + tuq =||pisunniaqtuq|
|He/she is going to walk.|
|ullumi aullalangajuq||He/she is going to depart today.|
Events farther in the Future
-laaq- is an affix used for events that will be happening the next day or further into the future.
I am going to work (later that day).
|I will be working (sometime in the future).|
|See you soon!||See you later/ See you then!|
|aullaq + laaq + tuq =||aullalaaqtuq|
|He will leave town.|