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MINE, YOURS, THEIRS

To express these concepts in Inuktut, we take the possessive endings that we learned in the previous lesson and add the prefix pi-:

Una piga. It's mine.
Una piit. It's yours.
Una pinga. It's his/hers.
Una pingat. It's theirs.

 

Dual forms (These are slightly irregular)

Ukua piikka. Those two things are mine.
Ukua piikkik. Those two things are yours.
Ukua pingik. Those two things are his/hers.
Ukua pingit.* Those two things are theirs.

 

Plural forms:

Ukua pikka. Those are mine.
Ukua pitit. Those are yours.
Ukua pingit.* Those are his.
Ukua pingit.* Those are theirs.

*Notice that ukua pingit has three possible translations above in English. Although this may seem confusing, the context of the conversation would make it clear.