1Pst: There is one grammatically distinct past tense.
(1a) mɔ̄ʌqatʌ mīša wɔ̄č-nam mən.
yesterday Misha town-appr go.pst.3sg
‘Yesterday, Misa went to the town.’
(1b) mɔ̄ʌqatʌ mā wɔ̄č-nam jaŋqiʌ-əm.
yesterday I town-appr walk-pst.1sg
‘Yesterday, I was in the town.’
(2a) äwi-t jēk-ʌ-ət.
‘The girls are dancing.’
(2b) äwi-t jīk-ət.
‘The girls were dancing.’
There is only one past tense in Surgut Khanty, which, however, does not have a unique, overt morpheme marker. The personal suffixes are attached directly to the stem (1a, 1b). The marker of the present tense is -ʌ (2a). In some verb stems, the quality of the vowel changes in the past tense form: lower and middle vowels become high vowels (2b).