Grammar » -gusuk-/-rusuk- (affix)

THE AFFIX -GUSUK

 

This affix is attached to verbs to describe:

1. Emotions or feelings

nalligusuktuq He loves; he feels love.
titsigusuktuq He finds something amusing.
kanngusuktuq She is feeling shy.



2. The need for, or the desire to do something:

imirusuktunga I am thirsty.
pisugusuktugut
We feel like walking.

Note that -gusuk- changes to -rusuk- when the affix is added to a stem ending in q:

mamaq + gusuk + tuq = mamarusuktuq
  She finds something tasty.