Navajo has different words for “to go”, “to return” and “to go and return”. The word from the example yesterday, niséyá, is the first-person singular (“I”) for “to go and return”.
Here is the rest of the verb conjugation for niséyá:
- niséyá (I went and came back)
- nisíníyá (You went and came back)
- naayá (He/she/it went and came back)
- nishiit’áázh (We two …)
- nishoo’áázh (You two …)
- naazh’áázh (Those two …)
- nisiikai (Us 3+ …)
- nisoohkai (You 3+ …)
- naaskai (They 3+ …)
Keep in mind that this is the form of the word that means an action has been carried out to completion – which is part of the way verbs are expressed in Navajo.
Any of these words can be swapped for niséyá in yesterday’s example to change between “I”, “you”, “they”, etc.