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Ojebway Language:

A Manual for missionaries
and others employed among the Ojebway Indians
by Edward F. Wilson, 1874


Examples of Paradigms.
Example of Paradigm VI. Positive Form

Indicative Mood
Imperative Mood
Passive Voice


Examples of Paradigms.
Transitive Verb
Paradigm VI. -NUN, -N.

Present Tense
I give him away ne-megewanun
thou givest him away ke-megewanun
he gives him away o-megewanun
we ex. give him away ne-megewanaun
we in. givest him away ke-megewanaun
ye give him away ke-megewanahwah
they givest him away o-megewanahwaun
I give it away ne-megewan
thou givest it away ke-megewan
he gives it away o-megewan
we ex. give it away ne-megewamin
we in. givest it away ke-megewamin
ye give it away ke-megewanahwah
they givest it away o-megewanahwaun
Perfect Tense
I have given him away ninge-megewanun
thou hast given him away kege-megewanun
he has given him away oge-megewanun
I have given it away ninge-megewan
thou hast given it away kege-megewan
he has given it away oge-megewan
Future Tense
I will give him away ningah-megewanun
thou wilt give him away kegah-megewanun
he will give him away ogah-megewanun
I will give it away ningah-megewan
thou wilt give it away kegah-megewan
he will give it away ogah-megewan
Bun Tense
I did give him away ne-megewanahbun
thou didst give him away ke-megewanahbun
he did give him away o-megewanahnubeen
we did give him away ne-megewamenahbun
you did give him away ke-megewamwahbun
they did give him away o-megewanahwahbuneen
I did give it away ne-megewanahbun
thou didst give it away ke-megewanahbun
he did give it away o-megewananbun
we did give it away ne-megewamenahbun
you did give it away ke-megewanahwahbun
they did give it away o-megewanahwahbun
Pluperfect Tense
I had given him away ninge-megewanahbun
I had given it away ninge-megewanahbun

I would give him away nindah-megewanun
I would give it away nindah-megewan

give it away megewán, megewákun
give ye it away megewáyook
let us give it away megewádah

If I give him (or it) away kishpin megewayaun
If thou givest him (or it) away kishpin megewayun
If he gives him (or it) away kishpin megewad
If they give him (or it) away kishpin megewawaud

I who give him (or it) away mahgewayaun
thou who givest him (or it) away mahgewayun
he who gives him (or it) away mahgewad
we who give him (or it) away mahgewayaung
we who give him (or it) away mahgewayung
you who give him (or it) away mahgewayag
they who give him (or it) away mahgewajig
Bun Tense
I who did give him (or it) away mahgewayaunbaun
whenever I give him (or it) away mahgewayaunin

Note. - This Paradigm is more used with animate objects than with persons or animals. Thus: I borrow a canoe, (inan.) nind-ahdáhwaungan chéemaun. I borrow a pocket handkerchief, (anim.) nind-ahdáhwaungánun mooshwa. When used with persons or animals it becomes necessary in some of the inflections to supply weeyowh, body. Thus: He adores me, o-muhnedookan neeyowh. He will steal thee away, ogah-keemoodim keeyowh. (Lit. my person, thy person.)

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