Quechua Grammar Basics - Multi-Purpose Suffixes
Lets look at some more suffixes and examples. The first one you will encounter all the time, so it's important to know.
This first suffix is -ta. This suffix does a few different things:
- indicates direct, and sometimes, indirect objects. It's what we're talking about.
- it can change adjectives into adverbs
- it can indicate a destination, like when you're going to some place.
|Suffix||Quechua Meaning||Sample usage|
|-ta||(1) direct object|| "Imata ruwashanki?"
"Kay k'intuta phukurimushayki"
'This k'intu-obj blow-polite-towards-you'
|(1) indirect object marker|| "Yanapariwaychu mishayta maskhayta?"
'Help-me-please-question misha-my-obj find-obj?'
|(2) adverb transform
('good' --> 'well')
| "(In answer to 'allillanchu?') Allinta!"
('Well are you?')' Well! (am-I)!'
|(3) direction marker|| "Ashevilleta rishani"
|-man*||(1) to, towards|| "Machu Picchuman rishani"
'Machu Picchu-towards going-I'
|(2) indirect object marker
(implied direction ...)
| "Rumita payman quni"
'(a) stone to-her/him give-I'