Today we are going to see our first verbal suffix. A suffix is a piece of information that has no meaning of its own except when it is put onto the end of a word it changes the meaning of the word. A verbal suffix is a suffix used only with verbs.
The suffix we are going to learn today is: -t. This is read as the suffix t. -t changes the meaning of the verb to mean can + meaning of the verb.
ni yayna sle-a. I see the mountain.
This is my demonstration sentence. We are going to use it to demonstrate how the -t changes the meaning of the verb.
ni yayna sle-at. I can see the mountain.
Now, using sentences that you made yesterday, use the new suffix.
Please translate these sentences. These sentences will be very similar to the sentences you made yesterday except for the use of -t in the verb.
ni gaw pkolip hemkangat. __________________________________________________.
ni gaw pkasap hemkangat. _________________________________________________.
ni gaw ptisap hemkangat. __________________________________________________.
ni gaw ptewip hemkangat. _________________________________________________.
ni gaw bloksip hemkangat. _________________________________________________.
In your family language session make some sentences of your own, translate them and share them with your family.
This can be used with almost every verb. Verbs that end in the letter “N” behave oddly when suffixes are used. Verbs like: pan, gena slin,…
They are the exceptions to the rule and must be learned on a case-by-case basis.