Grammar » 44 » Doing something together

The affix -Katik- is attached to a verb to indicate someone or some people who do something with someone else:

ilinniak- to learn
ilinniaKatik classmate
suliaKak- to work
suliaKaKatik co-worker
tânsik- to dance
tânsiKatik dancing partner
katik- to meet
katiKatik someone with whom one meets

-Katik is often followed by the affix -gi- meaning to have, which creates a relationship between two or more people. The affix -gi- is followed by a transitive verb ending:

Susi ilinniaKatigijaga Susi is my classmate (literally, I have Susi as a classmate).
mitsuKatigijanga She sews with her.
katiKatigigajakKâma? Can you meet with me?
Taiviti suliaKaKatigijân? Do you work with Taiviti? (literally, do you have Taiviti as a co-worker)?

With regard to the last example above, when answering a question like this, the construction is usually simplified when you answer:

ii, suliaKaKatiga
Yes, he is my co-worker.