- Spáth qes te Slílk'yap
- Receiving a xwélmexw name
- How the Robin got his red breast
- Tháyem te Léx̲wtel
- How the chipmunk got its stripes
- Yeláwel éy
- Xwe'ít te swáyel Létse
- Xwe'ít te swáyel Isá:le
- Xwe'ít te swáyel Lhí:xw
- Xwe'ít te swáyel X̲eó'thel
- Xwe'it te swayel Lhq'á:tses
- Ye Spipáth
- S'ólh Halq'eméylem S'í:wes' 38: Stám kw'e Chxélches tl' Chól?
|Stám kw'e hókwexes tl' Máli tlowáyél?||What did Mary use today?|
|Stámcha kw'e hókwexes tl' Máli tlowáyél?||What will Mary use today?|
|Stám kw'e íxw hókwex tlowáyél?||What did you use today?|
|Stám kw'e íl hókwex tlowáyél?||What did I use today?|
|Kw'í:l sth'óqwi kw'e chxélches tl' Máli?||How many fish did Mary catch?|
|Tl'o kw'e elétsa pú:t la hókwexes tl' Máli?||Which boat did Mary use?|
|Tewát pú:t kw'e hókwexes tl' Máli?||Whose boat did Mary use?|
|Tl'o kw'e elétsa pú:t íxw hókwex?||Which boat did you use?|
Asking What 'He/She/It' did To Something
To ask a question about what he, she, or it did to something, you use the pattern shown in (1). Some examples are shown in (2).
(1) Pattern for Asking what He/She/It did to Something
Stám kw'e VERB-es tútl'ó?
What the VERB-es he = What did he VERB?
(2) Examples of Sentences Built using the Pattern in (1)
(a) Stám kw'e hókwexes tútl'ó?
What did he use?
(b) Stám kw'e chxélches tútl'ó?
What did he catch?
(c) Stám kw'e lép'exes tútl'ó?
What did he eat?
The -es ending is probably just the same -es ending which is added whenever he/she/it is the doer acting on a receiver. (Sometimes, if it is easier to pronounce, this -es ending will just come out as an -s, too.)
Instead of tútl'ó, you can subsitute thútl'ó, or any other noun as the doer, as in the examples in (3).
(3) Same Pattern as in (1), but Using Different Nouns as Doers
(a) Stám kw'e hókwexes thútl'ó?
What did she use?
(b) Stám kw'e hókwexes te swíyeqe?
What did the man use?
(c) Stám kw'e hókwexes the slhá:lí?
What did the woman use?
In context, you can also simply drop the tútl'ó, and it will be understood from context that he, she, or it (referring to some person or thing in the context) is the doer, as in (4).
(4) Same Pattern as in (1), But Dropping the tútl'ó Altogether
Stám kw'e hókwexes?
What did he/she/it use? [which one is understood from context]
Unlike with questions about what I or you did, using the future form when asking what he/she/it did is not complicated: you simply add -cha onto stám, as in the example in (5).
(5) Same Pattern as in (1), But in the Future
Stámcha kw'e hókwexes tútl'ó?
What will he use?
And finally, you can use tewát instead of stám in all such sentences. Examples of questions with tewát are given in the exercises that follow.