See also: sike

NavajoEdit

EtymologyEdit

si- (modal) + -Ø- (classifier)-ké (neuter perfective stem of root -KÉ, “to sit — 2 actors”).

PronunciationEdit

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VerbEdit

siké

  1. they (2 actors) are sitting, are at home, are waiting

Usage notesEdit

This verb is used for sitting in pairs. For individual sitting, see sidá. For sitting in groups of three or more, see naháaztą́.

Singular forms of this verb refer to one subject sitting in a pair with another participant.

  • Shideezhí bił séké. — I stayed with my younger sister, I sat with her.

The plural or distributive plural forms refer to several subjects sitting in pairs independent one from another.

  • Tsídii naazké / ndaazké. — Birds are sitting in pairs, forming three or more pairs.

This is a neuter verb. As such, it is conjugated only in the perfective.

ConjugationEdit

Paradigm: Neuter perfective (si).

Positional si-perfective verbs like siké form their plural with na-/ni-/n-, with or without distributive da-.

PERFECTIVE singular duoplural plural
1st person séké siiké nisiiké/ndasiiké
2nd person síníké sooké nisooké/ndasooké
3rd person siké naazké/ndaazké
4th person jizké njizké/ndajizké

4th person has variants: dzizké, ndzizké and ndadzizké.

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