The "B" class verbal noun 'friends, be friends'

Root verb -ali-


gin-ali-i ᎩᎾᎵᎢ the two of us (you and I) are friends.

sd-ali-i ᏍᏓᎵᎢ you two are friends / your friend

ogin-ali-i ᎣᎩᎾᎵᎢ the two of us (not including you) are friends.
    Note: This also means he (or she) is my friend.

ig-ali-i ᎢᎦᎵᎢ we all (including you) are friends.

og-ali-i ᎣᎦᎵᎢ we all (not including you) are friends.

tsogali'i ᏦᎦᎵᎢ = they are our friends / our friends
    ts- pluralizes 'our friend' to 'our friends.'

its-ali-i ᎢᏣᎵᎢ you all are friends.

un-ali-i ᎤᎾᎵᎢ they are friends / his/her friend / their friend

tsunali ᏧᎾᎵᎢ = they are all friends / they are their friends

ts- pluralizes 'their friends.' In other words, they not only have friends in one place but other places as well.
(Explanations thanks to Durbin Feeling)



Practice Sentences

1. ᏣᎵ ᎣᎩᎾᎵ. Tsali oginalii.

    Charlie is my friend / Charlie and I are friends

2. ᎣᏏᏲ, ᎩᎾᎵᎢ!   Osiyo, ginalii!

    Hello my friend! / Hello, you and I are friends

3. ᏍᏓᎵᎢ ᏍᏓᏬᏂᎭ.   Sdalii sdawoniha.

    You two friends are talking.

4. ᎦᏙ ᏚᏙᎠ ᏍᏓᎵᎢ?   Gado dudoa sdalii? 

    What is your friend's name?

5. ᎣᎩᎾᎵᎢ ᎺᎵ ᏚᏙᎠ.   Oginalii Meli dudoa.  (Note the singular verb form "dudoa"!!)

    My friend's name is Mary.

 



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