5.6: Grammar - Third person possessive -s

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  • A- Ni' 'untsu kwthu yasa'qws?
Where is his/her hat?
  • B- 'E'ut tthu yasa'qws.
His/her hat is here.
  • A- Ni' 'untsu kwthu xul'tuns?
Where is his/her pencil?
  • B- 'E'ut tthu xul'tuns.
His/her pencil is here.
  • A- Ni' 'untsu kwthu swetus?
Where is his/her sweater?
  • B- 'E'ut tthu swetus.
His/her sweater is here.

The suffix -s , which follows the noun, expresses the meaning "his", "her", "its", or "theirs".

Ni' 'untsu kwthu swetus? "Where is his/her sweater?"
'E'ut tthu swetus. "His/her sweater is here."
Ni' 'untsu kwthu poukws? "Where is his/her book?"
'E'ut tthu poukws. "His/her book is here."

When the noun ends in -s, we still write, and pronounce, another -s to express "his", "her", "its", or "theirs".

Shelumtsus tu'i. "This is a ring."
'E'ut tthu shelumtsuss. "His/her ring is here."