More Verbs

When talking about your family we use a number of different questions and different verbs. Lets take a look at the verb to see.

To see: Present tense


I see.
ni wapataen

You See.
keewapataen

He sees.
wapatam

They see.
wapatamwuk

We see.
ni wapataenan

You see (plural).
keewapataenawow


Remember that when you use a verb in past tense in Michif all you need to do is add kee or gee. Look at the following example.

To see: Past tense


I saw.
geewapataen

You saw.
keewapataen

He saw.
keewapatum

We saw.
geewapataynaan

They saw.
keewapatamwuk

You saw (plural).
keewapataenawow

Lets build on this!!

In Michif we do not often have separate words, words a modified and prefixes and suffixes are added to talk about who is doing what. In English we use different words to show this but in Michif the verb is modified to show who is doing and receiving the action.

For example in English we say:

I saw him.

But in Michif we say:

Geewapamaow

Lets take a look at this a little closer and we will start to see a pattern!! We will discuss this more in future lessons. This is starting to get pretty deep into grammar so for our purposes we will just introduce this idea now and in the future you will see further lessons on this!

I saw.
gee wapataen

I saw him.
gee wapamaow

I saw them.
gee wapamawuk

You saw.
kee wapataen

You saw him.
kee wapamaow

You saw them.
kee wapamawuk

He saw.
kee wapatum

He saw them.
kee wapamayo

She saw him.
kee wapamayo
They saw.
kee wapatamwuk

They saw him.
kee wapamaywuk

They saw them.
kee wapamaywuk

We saw.
gee wapataynaan

We saw him.
gee wapamanaan

We saw them.
gee wapamanaanik

You saw (plural).
kee wapataenawow

You saw him (plural).
kee wapamawow

You saw them (plural 2).
kee wapamaywuk

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