Verbs are negated by adding the affix -lé- to the verb form, after any person marker.
|I am not drinking|
|you are not speaking
(to a small number of peers)
The negative affix may also be added to mood particles, to convey inability, lack of permission, etc.
|tad lékú mú
|Ø-tad-Ø lé-kú Ø-mú-Ø|
|3-speak-SG NEG-PRER NOM-3.HI.IN-SG|
|s/he (inferior) is not entitled to speak|