Grammar » 37 » Calling or Writing to Someone

This lesson will look at the grammar you use to call or write someone:

uqaalavigijaanga titirarvigijanga
He/she calls me. He/she writes to him.


To build these phrases:

1. Begin with the basic verb:

uqaala- titiraq-
to call to write


2. Add the affix –vik. This is normally used to indicate a place. When it is added to uqaala- or titiraq- it means the person who is being called or written to.

3. Add the affix –gi. It will delete the final -k in -vik:

uqaala + vik + gi = uqaalavigi-
titiraq + vik + gi = titirarvigi-

4. Add the transitive ending to indicate who is calling/writing and who is being called or written to:

Are you calling him/her? 
I am calling him/her.
Ippatsaq uqaalavigilauqtaatit.
He/she called you yesterday.
Is he/she writing to him/her?
He/she is writing to him/her.