Derived Verbs (Secondary)

Verbs of Being (“to be…”)

ᐅᐦᑖᐧᐄ + ᒫᐆ   ᐅᐦᑖᐧᐄᒫᐆ᙮
uhtaawii + maau + u = uhtaawiimaauu
a father + S/he is…   He is a father.

The verb ᐅᐦᑖᐧᐄᒫᐆ᙮ uhtaawiimaauu he is a father. is derived by taking the noun ᐅᐦᑖᐧᐄᒫᐤ uhtaawiimaau a father and adding the verb suffix -u at the end to make a verb meaning he is a father.

Verbs expressing kinship:

 Noun “S/he Is…” “I Am…”
ᐅᐦᑖᐧᐄᒫᐤ ᐅᐦᑖᐧᐄᒫᐆ᙮ ᓅᐦᑖᐧᐄᒫᐎᓐ᙮
uhtaawiimaau uhtaawiimaauu. nuuhtaawiimaawin.
a father He is a father. I am a father.
ᐅᑳᐧᐄᒫᐤ ᐅᑳᐧᐄᒫᐆ᙮ ᓅᑳᐧᐄᒫᐎᓐ᙮
ukaawiimaau ukaawiimaauu. nuukaawiimaawin.
a mother She is a mother. I am a mother.
ᐅᔅᑖᓯᒫᐤ ᐅᔅᑖᓯᒫᐆ᙮ ᓅᔅᑖᓯᒫᐎᓐ᙮
ustaasimaau ustaasimaauu. nuustaasimaawin.
an older brother He is an older brother. I am an older brother.
ᐅᐦᑯᒥᒫᐤ ᐅᐦᑯᒥᒫᐆ᙮ ᓅᐦᑯᒥᒫᐎᓐ᙮
uhkumimaau uhkumimaauu. nuuhkumimaawin.
a grandmother She is a grandmother. I am a grandmother.
ᐅᒧᔓᒥᒫᐤ ᐅᒧᔓᒥᒫᐆ᙮ ᓅᒧᔓᒥᒫᐎᓐ᙮
umushumimaau umushumimaauu. nuumushumimaawin.
a grandfather He is a grandfather. I am a grandfather.

For the second person personal prefix of possessed forms, the variant kuu- is used, not chu-.

ᑰᐦᑖᐧᐄᒫᐅᓐ ᐋ kuuhtaawiimaaun aa? Are you a father?

Other verbs:

Noun Verb “S/he is…” Verb “I am…”
ᓈᐹᐤ ᓈᐹᐆ᙮ ᓂᓈᐹᐎᓐ᙮
naapaau naapaauu. ninaapaawin.
a man He is a man. I am a man.
ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔥ ᐊᐧᐋᔑᔒᐆ᙮ ᓂᑎᐧᐋᔑᔒᐎᓐ᙮
awaashish awaashishiiuu. nitaawaashishiiwin.
child S/he is young. I am young.

Often these forms are used by children when playing pretend games.

Noun Verb “S/he is…” Verb “I am…”
ᐊᑎᒻ ᐊᑎᒨ᙮ ᓂᑎᑎᒧᐎᓐ᙮
atim atimuu. nititimuwin.
dog S/he is a dog. I’m a dog.
ᐅᑖᐹᓐ ᐅᑖᐹᓂᐆ᙮ ᓅᑖᐹᓂᐎᓐ᙮
utaapaan utaapaaniuu. nuutaapaaniwin.
train S/he is a train. I’m a train.