What is a verbal noun?
It can be used as either a verb OR a noun. The verbal noun is a Gaelic part of speech that is used in many similar ways as participles in other languages. A good example of this is English are the verbs ending in – ing, (looking, working, eating)
Does every Gaelic verb have a verbal noun?
Yes, apart from tha!
How do I form the verbal noun?
So far we’ve seen the following endings added to verbs to form verbal nouns. Other verbs may add different endings, which we’ll learn later.
|Verb + adh||Leugh, sgrìobh||Leughadh, sgrìobhadh|
|Verb||Obair, dannsa, ruith||Obair, dannsa, ruith|
When do I use the verbal noun?
Option A Combine with tha / bha and other forms of bi to say when you are doing something. You need to add ag before verbal nouns beginning with a vowel or a’ before verbal nouns beginning with a consonant.
Tha mi ag obair
I am working
Tha mi a’ leughadh
I am reading
Tha mi a’ dannsa
I am dancing
Option B Use after is toil / cha toil to say you like something.
Option C We will get there!