Grammar » 35 » The Affix -qati

This very common affix is attached to a verb to indicate someone or some people who do something with someone else:

pi + qati = piqati ilinniaqati iqqaniajaqati
friend; companion classmate co-worker

-qati is often followed by the verb -gi- meaning to have, which is in turn followed by a double person ending:

Susi ilinniaqatigijara miqsuqatigijanga
Susi is my classmate (literally, I have Susi as a classmate). She sews with her.

-qati- + -gi- can also  be put in the dual or plural to form a word that can stand on its own:

mumiqatigiik  niriqatigiit 
two people dancing together several people eating together

Remember that double person endings are the most common way to relate oen person or object to another.  Notice how differently Inuktut and English build the following sentences:

katimaqatigijunnaqqinnga? Taiviti iqqanaijaqatigiviuk?
Can you meet with me? Do you work with Taiviti? (literally, do you have Taiviti as a co-worker)?