|ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐧᐁᐤ᙮||masinahweu.||She writes him (his name) down.|
|ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐊᒻ᙮||masinaham.||She is writing it.|
|ᒪᓯᓈᓲ᙮||masinaasuu.||She (her name) is written down.|
|ᒪᓯᓈᑌᐤ᙮||masinaateu.||It is written.|
Based on the number of roles that a verb has and the gender (animate, inanimate) of these roles, four main classes of verbs can be established.
|One Role (Intransitive)||Animate Intransitive (VAI)||Inanimate Intransitive (VII)|
|Two Roles (Transitive)||Transitive Animate (VTA)||Transitive Inanimate (VTI)|
The following Cree definitions are suggested for these four classes:
|VII (Inanimate Intransitive)||ᐁ ᐃᔅᐸᔨᐦᒡ/ᐁ ᐃᔑᓈᑯᐦᒡ ᒉᐧᑳᓐ᙮||e ispayihch/e ishinaakuhch chekwaan.|
|VAI (Animate Intransitive)||ᐁ ᐃᐦᑎᑦ ᐊᐧᐁᓐ᙮||e ihtit awen.|
|VTI (Transitive Inanimate)||ᐁ ᐃᐦᑑᑕᐦᒃ ᒉᐧᑳᔫ᙮||e ihtuutahk chekwaayuu.|
|VTA (Transitive Animate)||ᐁ ᐃᐦᑑᑕᐧᐋᑦ ᐊᐧᐁᔫᐦ᙮||e ihtuutawaat aweyuuh|
All verbs in the Cree dictionary are classified according to those classes, plus an additional one called VAI+O: Verb Animate Intransitive plus Object.