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Where does the "would" in "bu toil leam" come from?

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:17 am
by MartinJ
Tha "bu toil leam" a' ciallachadh "I would like" ann an Gaidhlig nuadh.

'S e "past tense" de "is" a th' ann an "bu", nach eil? Ach tha sinn ag iarraidh "would" an-seo. Dè tha dol ma-tha? A bheil fios aig duine sam bith?

MartinJ

Where does the "would" in "bu toil leam" come from?

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:43 pm
by GunChleoc
"bu" covers 2 tenses, the past and the conditional. "is" covers both the present and future tenses.

Watch our for the pronunciation of "toil" here too - it's actually toigh l' and pronounced /tɤl/, while the real toil is pronounced /tɔl/. The standard orthography made a bad decision here.

Where does the "would" in "bu toil leam" come from?

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:21 pm
by MartinJ
Thanks very much GunChleoc. That's very helpful. MJ

Where does the "would" in "bu toil leam" come from?

Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:14 pm
by GunChleoc
'S e do bheatha :)