Grammar » asking for something to be done

There are a few ways to do this.

1. The Verb -junnaq- / -gunnaq- / -runnaq-

This affix is used to talk about the ability to do something:

-junnaq- is added to roots that end in vowels.

-runnaq- is added to roots that end in q

-gunnaq- is added to roots that end in k

-tunnaq- is added to roots that end in t

Piitamut uqaalajunnaqqit? Can you call Peter (on the phone)?
Tiiliurunnaqpit? Can you make some tea?

2. The Verb -qu

-qu- is an affix used to talk about something that one wants to have happen.

Note:

  • When -qu- is added to a stem that ends in a consonant, it deletes the final consonant. 
  • -qu- is normally followed by a double person ending.
  • -qu- can mean that you are asking for something to happen or, a little more forcefully, that you are telling someone to do something.
aniqujanga He asks/tells her to leave.
isiquguk Tell him to come in.
siniqujagit I want you to sleep.
uqaalaqujait You tell him to call.

3. -jjuti, -guti & –ruti

These affixes are added to verbs to express the idea of doing something for someone else:

-jjuti- is added to roots that end in vowels.

-ruti- is added to roots that end in q

-guti- is added to roots that end in k or t

iniksaliurutijunnaqpinnga? Can you make an appointment for me?
Mivvingmuarutijunnaqpinga?
Can you take me to the airport?