Grammar » 36 » Asking for something to be done

There are a few ways to ask someone to do something

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

This common affix is used to express the idea of being able to do something. It changes depending on the last letter of the root that it is added to:

uqaala- Piitamut uqaalajunnaqqit?
to call Can you call Piita?
tiiliuq- Tiiliurunnaqqit?
to make tea Could you make some tea?

2. The Affix -qu

-qu- is an affix used to express the idea of wanting, asking or telling someone else to do something.  It is folllowed by a double person ending.

aniqujanga isiquguk uqaalaquviuk?
He asks/tells her to leave. Tell him to come in. Do you want him/her to call you?

...or, a little more complex:

Uvannut uqaalaqujunnaqqiuk?
Can you have him/her call me?

When -qu- is added to a stem that ends in a consonant, it deletes the final consonant:

sinik- siniquvagit
to sleep I want you to sleep