In this lesson we’ll be embracing the grammar once again. Fear not as it builds on from lesson 16 where we looked at how the possessive adjective (my, your, his, her etc.) affects some verbs (doing words such as play, eat, read, walk etc.) in Irish. This lesson attempts to familiarise yourself with the grammar involved and help you think in Irish. We’ll focus on the verb ‘seasamh’ which means ‘to stand’.
NB: Please note the audio mistakenly refers to the ‘Possessive Adjectives’ as ’Possessive Pronouns’. It was a mistake at the time of recording and we apologise for the confusion. The difference is that where ‘my’ is the possessive adjective (before the noun), ‘mine’ is the possessive pronoun (after the noun). E.g. My book (adjective), The book is mine (pronoun). Many thanks to Pádraig McNally for letting us know.
Note: Aspiration is a grammar rule in Irish where you add the letter ‘h’. The pronunciation of the word changes too.
Tá mé i mo sheasamh
I am standing (aspirates with h added).
Tá tú i do sheasamh
You are standing (aspirates with h added).
Tá sé ina sheasamh
He is standing (aspirates with h added).
Tá sí ina seasamh
She is standing (no aspiration for she).
Tá muid inár seasamh
We are standing (no eclipse this time as the verb begins with s).
Tá sibh in bhur seasamh You are standing (no eclipse).
Tá siad ina seasamh They are standing (no eclipse).
Library (leabhar means book)
An bhfuil tú i do sheasamh ag an doras?
Are you standing at the door?
Phrase of the week
Bhí seasamh fada orm ag an stad bus.
I had a long wait at the bus stop (Hibernian English: long stand).
Le Cuidiú Dé.
With God’s help.
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