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The affixes below are attached to verbs to indicate an action that happens often or regularly.

-vak- is added to verbs that end in a vowel. For verbs ending in a consonant, it changes to -pak-.  Note that in the South Qikiqtaaluk dialect, the k at the end of this affix changes to t before a noun ending that starts with t-:

ani + vak + tuq = anivattuq
  He/she goes out often.
makittaq + pak + tunga Qautamaat makittaqpattunga
  I play cards every day.


-qattaq- can be added to verbs ending in vowels or consonants. When added to a root ending in a consonant, it deletes the final consonant:

niri + qattaq + tunga = Ullaakkut niriqattaqtunga
  I eat in the morning.
miqsuq + qattaq + tuq Unnukkut miqsuqattaqtuq
  She sews in the evening.
In South Qikiqtaaluk dialect, -qattaq- and -vak-/ -pak- can normally be used interchangeably.
qikaq + qattaq + qit? = Ukiutamaat qikaqattaqqit?
  Do you take a holiday every winter?
qikaq + pak + tunga Aujatamaat qikaqpattunga
  I take a holiday every summer.