Lesson 28: Understand/See

Do you understand?Welcome to another EasyIrish.com lesson. This lesson continues in our series looking at regular and irregular verbs. In this lesson we’ll look at the regular verb Tuig (to understand) and the irregular verb Feic (to see). You’ll also learn about the possible origins of the American slang ‘Do you dig?’ We hope you find it interesting.

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Tuig is the stem of the verb to understand. It is a regular verb.
With the regular verb we can track the stem/root from tense to tense

Past Tense Present Tense Future Tense
Ar thuig tú?
Did you understand?
Thuig mé
I did understand.
Níor thuig mé
I did not understand.
An dtuigeann tú?
Do you understand?
I do.
Ní thuigim
I do not.
An dtuigfidh tú?
Will you understand?
Tuigfidh mé
I will understand.
Ní thuigfidh mé
I will not understand.

Feic = see. It is an irregular verb.
Stem of verb ‘to see’. We can trace the ‘feic’ from tense to tense.

Past Tense Present Tense Future Tense
An bhfaca tú?
Did you see?Chonaic mé.
I saw (did see).Ní fhaca mé
I did not see
An bhfeiceann tú?
Do you see?Feicim
I do see.Ní fheicim
I did not see.
An bhfeicfidh tú?
Will you see?Feicfidh mé
I will see.Ní fheicfidh mé.
I will not see.

Phrase of the Week:
Beidh le feiceáil.
That remains to be seen (we’ll wait and see).

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14 comments on “Lesson 28: Understand/See
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  2. Patrick Mc Nally says:

    Beidh le feiceál. Will be with seeing. Feiceál being a verbal noun, would that be correct?. Many thanks for your free site and making Irish easy to learn. Go raibh maith agaibh, Slán go fóill. Pádraig

  3. Mártan Ó Nára says:

    Maith thú. Beir bua ar an obair.

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