Grammar » 34 » Daily Activities

It is important to note that, in English, when we talk about doing something regularly or habitually, we just use the simplest form of the verb.

If we say I eat fish, we are not talking about something that is happening at that moment, but rather what we do by habit or custom.

In Inuktut, one normally adds an affix such as -Katta- to indicate this:

iKalummik nigiKattavunga.  I eat fish (often or regularly).
mitsuKattajuk unnusami She sews in the evening.
Nani suliaKattaven? Where do you work?
hâkinguaKattaKunga ukiuk tamât I play hockey every winter.
immutuKattaven ? Do you take milk (in your tea)?