We (inclusive) vs. We (exclusive)


In English, 'we' can mean you and me, you and me plus some other people, or me and some other people, but not you.

In Mi'gmaq, though, there are different ways of saying 'we' including you and 'we' not including you.

Dialog 1

Ni'nen gisiguieg; gatu gi'l maljewejuin.

We are old; while you (one person) are young.


Ni'nen e'pitewieg; gatu gi'l ji'nmuin.

We are women; while you are a man.


Ni'nen ji'nmuieg; gatu gi'l e'pitewin.

We are men; while you are a woman.


Ginu gisigui'gw: gi'l gisiguin, aq ni'n elg gisigui.

We are old: you are old, and I too am old.


Ginu maljewejui'gw: gi'l maljewejuin, aq ni'n elg maljewejui.

We are young: you are young, and I too am young.


Ginu e'pitewi'gw: gi'l e'pitewin, aq ni'n elg e'pitewi.

We are women: you are a woman, and I too am a woman.


Ginu ji'nmui'gw: gi'l ji'nmuin, aq ni'n elg ji'nmui.

We are men: you are a man, and I too am a man.