Grammar » 22. Going somewhere to do something

The Affix -jaqtuq-

This is a handy affix used to talk about going somewhere for a specific purpose. It has several forms depending on the last letter of the root it is attached to.

Following roots ending in vowels, use -jaqtuq-

niri- nirijaqtuqtunga
to eat I am going (somewhere) to eat.
   
katima- katimajaqtuqtugut
to meet We are going to a meeting.

Following roots ending in -q, use -riaq-:

pinnguaq- pinnguariaqtuq
to play he/she is going somewhere to play/compete
   
qikaq- Nuummut qikariaqtuq.
to rest He/she is going to Nuuk for a holiday.
   
pulaaq- Piitakkunnut pulaariaqtunga
to visit I am going to visit at Piita's place.

Following k, use -giaq-

sinik- sinigiaqtut
to sleep They are going (somewhere) to sleep.