When we use inversion sentences with a direct object, the verbal noun always lenites where possible. When there is no direct object the verbal noun is not lenited.
|NO DIRECT OBJECT||DIRECT OBJECT|
|An urrainn dhut dràibheadh?||→||An urrainn dhut càr a dhràibheadh?|
|Can you drive?||Can you drive a car?|
As we saw in Cuspair 9 of A2, dol (going) and tighinn (coming) are often found in their lenited forms in different dialects:
|Nach urrainn dhut dol ann?||An urrainn dhut tighinn ann?|
|Nach urrainn dhut a dhol ann?||An urrainn dhut a thighinn ann?|
Sentences with urrainn will take two forms depending on whether the verbal noun has a direct object or not.
Where there is no direct object, we don’t use ag or a’ with the verbal noun.
Where there is a direct object, the verbal noun comes at the end, just as we saw with faod and feum in Cuspair 9. The verbal noun is lenited and preceded by a (no apostrophe). Look at what happens to òl (drink) which begins with a vowel, it doesn’t take a and cannot lenite: and with faicinn which lenites to fhaicinn and so also starts with a vowel sound.