Grammar » 32. Double Verb Endings: Asking Questions

In an earlier lesson, we introduced verb endings that involve both a subject and an object:

takujara qaujimajaanga
I see him/her. He/she knows me.


These are used to make simple statements.  There are a corresponding set of affixes that are used to ask questions that indicate a subject and an object:

qaujimavagit? Do I know you?
qaujimavara? Do I know him/her?
   
tukisivinnga? Do you understand me?
tukisiviuk? Do you understand him/her?
   
tusaavaanga? Does he/she hear me?
tusaavaatit? Does he/she hear you?
tusaavauk? Does he/she hear him/her?

If these affixes are added to a root ending in a vowel, they begin with the letter v:

takuviuk? Do you see him/her?   

If these affixes are added to a root ending in -q, they begin with the letter q:

ikajuqqiuk? Are you helping him/her?

If they are added to a root ending in any other consonant, they switch the final consonant to -p and then begin with p-:

malippiuk? Are you following him/her?