Dubitative Pronouns

Use a dubitative pronoun to wonder about:

Dubitative pronoun for selection

Observation
ᑖᓈᒋᒑ ᒥᓯᓂᐦᐄᑭᓐ ᒑ ᑎᐦᑯᓂᒫᓐ᙮ Click here to hear this word taanaachichaa misinihiikin chaa tihkunimaan.
‘I wonder which book I should take with me.’

ᑖᓈᒋᒑ taanaachichaa is made up of the pronoun ᑖᓐ taan plus the dubitative inflection. ᑖᓈᒋᒑ taanaachichaa is used when there is doubt about the selection of the person or the thing being discussed. It can be used alone or with a noun.

Proximate Obviative
singular plural singular plural
Inanimate Click here to hear this word ᑖᓈᒋᒑ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓈᒋᒑᓐᐦ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔨᒋᒑ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔨᒋᒑᓐᐦ
taanaachichaa taanaachichaanh taaniyichichaa taaniyichichaanh
Click here to hear this word ᑖᓈᒋᒑᓂᐦᐄ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔨᒋᒑᓂᐦᐄ
taanaachichaanihii taaniyichichaanihii
Animate Click here to hear this word ᑖᓈᒋᒑ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓈᒋᒑᓂᒡ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔮᔨᒋᒑᓐᐦ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔮᔨᒋᒑᓐᐦ
taanaachichaa taanaachichaanich taaniyaayichichaanh taaniyaayichichaanh
Click here to hear this word ᑖᓈᒋᒑᓂᒌ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔮᔨᒋᒑᓂᐦᐄ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔮᔨᒋᒑᓂᐦᐄ
taanaachichaanichii taaniyaayichichaanihii taaniyiyaachichaanihii

Examples:

ᑖᓈᒋᒑ ᒥᓯᓂᐦᐄᑭᓐ ᐊᑎᑑ ᒫᐧᔮᔑᒡ᙮ Click here to hear this word taanaachichaa misinihiikin atituu maaywaashich.
I wonder which book is more appropriate.
ᑖᓈᒋᒑᓂᒌ ᐊᓵᒥᒡ ᒑ ᑎᐦᑯᓂᐧᑳᐤ᙮ Click here to hear this word taanaachichaanichii asaamich chaa tihkunikwaau.
I wonder which pair of snowshoes I will take.

Dubitative inflection is also found on verbs. [see Dubitative Verb inflection]

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