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Lesson 4 - More Weather

 

Gii-gimiwan - It rained.
Gii-zoogipon - It snowed.
Gii-gisinaa - It was cold.
Wii-mino-giizhigad - It is going to be a good day.
Wii-mino-giizhigan - It is going to be a good day.
Wii-mino-gizhide - It is going to be hot.
Wii-gimiwan - It is going to rain.
Da-gimiwan - It will rain.
Wii-gimiwan waabang - It is going to rain tomorrow.
Waabang wii-gimiwan - It is going to rain tomorrow.
Da-gimiwan waabang - It will rain tomorrow.
Gii-gimiwan noongom - It rained today.
Gii-mino-giizhigad bijiinaago - It was a good day yesterday.
Gii-mino-giizhigan bijiinaago - It was a good day yesterday.
Gii-zoogipon bijiinaago - It snowed yesterday.
Gii-gimiwan bijiinaago - It rained yesterday.
Gii-gimiwan dibikong - It rain last night.
Gimiwan minawaa - It is raining again.
Geyaabi gimiwan - It is still raining.
Megwaa gimiwan - It is raining now.
Mego gimiwan - It is raining now.
Maagizha da-zaagaate waabang - Maybe it will be sunny tomorrow.
Aazha gimiwan - It is already raining.
Gii-gimiwan aazha - It rained already.
Wii-zoogipon dibikak - It is going to snow tonight.
 
 

New Words:

gii- is placed before verbs to make statements referring to the past time, and describes situations or events that occurred before the time of speaking. This is a past tense prefix.
da- is placed before verbs to make statements referring to the future, and describes situations or events that will occur after the time of speaking. This is a future tense prefix.
wii- is also placed before verbs to make statements referring to the future, but with an additioanl meaning of 'wish' or 'want'. This is also a future tense prefix.
Wii- is usually translated as "want to do something", "going to do something", or "going to happen", and da- - as "will (definitely) do", "will (definitely) happen". Since weather is too unpredictable to say "will definitely happen" about it, wii- is usually used with weather verbs.

noongom - today, now
waabang - tomorrow
bijiinaago - yesterday
dibikong - last night
dibikak - this night (which will be)
megwaa, or mego - now; when; at the time when
geyaabi - still
maagizha - maybe
aazha - yet
 
 

Note.

Words, which provide an additional information about a situation, could be placed before or after verbs. However such words of time as noongom 'today', bijinaago 'tomorrow', waabang 'yesterday', dibikak 'this night', dibikong 'last night' are usually placed after verbs. But this is not a rule.

 

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