In the previous section we returned to the expression math air. When we use math air in sentences with a direct object—just as we saw with urrainn and comasach—we use inversion.
An robh Donnchadh math air cluich?
Was Duncan good at playing?
An robh Donnchadh math air giotàr a chluich?
Was Duncan good at playing (the) guitar?
An robh Siùsaidh math air cluich?
Was Susan good at playing?
An robh Siùsaidh math air iomain a chluich?
Was Susan good at playing shinty?
Here are some more examples of math air, using inversion and with objects in the plural.
An robh e math air fònaichean-làimhe a chleachdadh?
Was he good at using mobile phones?
Tha Seonaidh math air faclairean a leughadh.
Jonny is good at reading dictionaries.
A bheil thu math air briosgaidean fhuine?
Are you good at baking biscuits?
Cha robh iad math air geamannan a chluich.
They were not good at playing games.
Bha sinn math air cairtean a sgrìobhadh.
We were good at writing cards.