Events that occur before those of the main clause in Mahican use the ‘changed subjunctive conjunct mode’
This mode may be used for past events that occurred prior to another past event or may be used for future events that will precede another event.
The main clause may be part of a two part sentence or may be implied or may be part of a preceding sentence as part of an ongoing narrative.
The preverb -āātanih ‘when’ is often used to introduce these types of sub-phrases.
This ‘’changed subjunctive’‘ conjunct mode uses initial change and also adds the modal ending (-ah) after the appropriate conjunct suffix from the an-endings set of suffixes. It only differs from the changed conjunct by addition of the modal ending.
Aātnaih- pxāānum -anahtāātah nih ndanih-kwiinamun. After the woman lost it I began to look for it. ahahtāāw hide s.t. Noh āāmanŭkah nāākmah anumθuw. After I took it away, he left. amanum vti1b take s.t. away Aātanih-amankah ustah ngiisih-muskamoowun. After he took it away I couldn't find it. muskam find s.t. ... āātanih-nāāmąąnah nuyah nŭwánθiin. ... after I saw it I forgot it. wanúθuw forget s.t. Shąąh āātan-muskákah shąąh aniitahāāw, "ustah wiikąątumóowun." Right away when he found it right away he thought, "I don't like it.''
‘changed conjunct’ with āātanih- tends to indicate action during the same time frame. ‘changed subjunctive conjunct’ with āātanih- indicates action in a preceding time frame for the sub-clause