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Lesson 34


Awenen owe omazina'igan? - Who's book is this?
Awenen onowe omazina'iganan? - Who's books are these?
Awenen onowe ozhooniyaaman? - Who's money is this?
Awenen onowe odasemaanza'? - Who's cigarettes are these?
Niin awe nizhooniyaam - That is my money.
Giin na awe? - Is that (animate) yours?
Giin na owe gimazina'igan? - Is that your book?
Niin iwe - That (inanimate) is mine.
Awenen owe? - Whose is this?
Gibaabaa na iwe? - Is that your father's?

New Words:

awenen - who, whose
niin - i, my
giin - you, your


Personal pronouns like niin, giin, etc, in Ojibwe mean not only 'I', 'you', but also 'my', 'your', etc.

Awenen mean also 'who's'.

Personal pronouns are used there to attract attention to a possessor, not to a thing he possesses. Ojibwe personal pronouns are called - emphatic personal pronouns. Because they are used mostly to emphasize a person in statements. Check a difference:

Giin na owe gimazina'igan? - Is that your book?
Owe na gimazina'igan? - Is that your book?

Grammar note.

Personal pronouns in Ojibwe are called emphatic personal pronouns because of a role they usually play in a sentence. They emphasize and attract attention to themselves. Used in possessive meaning - my, your, etc they attract attention to a possessor.


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