Ni pi je o gwakwadé – Where is the grasshopper?
Gteganek o gwakwadé – The grasshopper is in the garden
Gwabma ne o gwakwadé – Do you see the grasshopper?
Ggi wabma ne o gwakwadé – Did you see the grasshopper?
Zagech ngi wabma o gwakwadé – I saw the grasshopper outside
Gnodwa ne o amo? – Do you hear that bee?
Éhé, nnodwa o amo – Yes, I hear the bee
Cho nnodwasi o amo – No, I don’t hear the bee
Nasana o amo! – Watch out for the bee!
Gi zgebge’ashen – It stung me!
Animate Plural Demonstratives
Gode nenwik – These men
Gi nenwik – Those men
Égi nenwik – Those men over there
Inanimate Plural Demonstratives
Node gokbenagnen – These baskets
Ni gokbenagnen – Those baskets
Éni gokbenagnen – Those baskets over there
Animate singular demonstratives
Ode nene – This man
O nene – That man
Ago nene – That man over there
Demonstratives are used to indicate the degree of closeness of a person or object. They must agree with the animacy or inanimacy of the object
Inanimate Singular Examples:
Ode gokbenagen – This basket
I gokbenagen – That basket
Éi gokbenagen – That basket over there
Nin nétum – Me first
Gin nétum – You first
Win nétum – HIm/her first
Ninan nétum – Us first (not you)
Ginan nétum – (all of) Us first
Ginwa nétum – You all first
Winwa nétum – Them first
Gnebech gwi wisnemen ibe – Perhaps we will all eat something over there
Gnebech nwi wabma o wabek – Perhaps I will see him/her tomorrow
Gnebech gda mnekwé ode nibi – Maybe you should/could drink this water
Gnebech odanek nda zhya pkonyak – Maybe I should go to town tonight
Gaga she nwi zhechké i gnebech = Maybe I will do that soon
Bama nagech – Until later
Bama nagech nbya – I’ll be back later
Bama nagech néyap wi byék – They’ll be back later
Nagech nwi zhya – Later I will go
Dawéwgemek nwi zhya nagech – I will go to the store later
Neko ngi zammnekwé – I used to drink too much
Neko ngi tadi – I used to gamble/play cards
Neko ngi nim’edi – I used to dance
Neko ngi migadi – I used to fight
Neko ngi zamwisen – I used to eat too much