Interrogative Pronouns

Use an Interrogative pronoun to ask a question about:

Interrogative pronouns for places

Observation
ᑖᓐ ᒋᒪᔅᒋᓯᓐ᙮ Click here to hear this word taan chimaschisin. Where is your shoe?

The interrogative pronoun ᑖᓐ taan is used for asking where something or someone is. It is used with a noun, or alone, and means ‘where?’.

ᑖᓐ ᒋᒪᔅᒋᓯᓐ᙮ Click here to hear this word taan chimaschisin. Where is your shoe?
ᑖᓐ Click here to hear this word taan. Where?

Like other pronouns, ᑖᓐ taan takes inflection:

Proximate Obviative
singular plural singular plural
Animate Click here to hear this word ᑖᓐ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᒌ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔫᐦ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔫᐦ
taan taanichii taaniyuuh taaniyuuh
Inanimate Click here to hear this word ᑖᓐ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔫᐦ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔫ Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᔫᐦ
taan taaniyuuh taaniyuu taaniyuuh
Click here to hear this word ᑖᓂᐦᐄᐦ
taanihiih

Examples:

ᑖᓐ ᑰᑖᐹᓈᔅᒄ᙮ Click here to hear this word taan kuutaapaanaaskw. Where is your toboggan?
ᑖᓂᒌ ᑰᑖᐹᓈᔅᑯᒡ᙮ Click here to hear this word taanichii kuutaapaanaaskuch. Where are your toboggans?
ᑖᓂᔫᐦ ᐅᑖᐹᓇᔅᑯᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word taaniyuuh utaapaanaskuh. Where is/are her toboggan/s?
ᑖᓂᔫᐦ / ᑖᓂᐦᐄᐦ ᒋᒪᔅᒋᓯᓐᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word taaniyuuh chimaschisinh. Where are your shoes?
ᑖᓂᔫᐦ / ᑖᓂᐦᐄᐦ ᒋᒪᔅᒋᓯᓐᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word taanihiih chimaschisinh. Where are your shoes?
ᑖᓂᔫ ᐅᒪᔅᒋᓯᓐ᙮ Click here to hear this word taaniyuu umaschisin. Where is his shoe?
ᑖᓂᔫᐦ ᐅᒪᔅᒋᓯᓐᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word taaniyuuh umaschisinh. Where are his shoes?

For emphasis, the adverbial form ᑖᓂᑌᐦ taaniteh is used. It does not take inflection and is always used with a verb. [See demonstrative adverbials]:

ᑖᓂᑌᐦ ᐁ ᐃᐦᑕᑯᐦᐧᑳᐤᐦ ᒋᒪᔅᒋᓯᓐᐦ᙮ Click here to hear this word taaniteh e ihtakuhkwaauh chimaschisinh. Where are they, your shoes?

[See also the interrogative particle taan and the quantifier taan tahtw]

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