A Thòmais chòir,
sgrìobhadh is the verbal noun, and here would correspond to the English
infinitive, 'to write', as in:
Feumaidh mi sgrìobhadh. = lit. 'must I writing' = "I must write"
Verbal nouns (e.g. sgrìobhadh, dèanamh, bualadh) are not alone the present
tense, but are preceded by a verb, e.g. "Tha mi a' sgrìobhadh" I write / do
write / am writing".
Ó Maolalaigh's "Scottish Gaelic in Three Months" or Black's "Cothrom
Ionnsachaidh" are good, modern references to have on Gaelic grammar, both
for beginners and advanced students.
Le deagh dhùrachd,
From: Tomas F Ritchie <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: February 6, 2001 21:53
>A h-uile duinte,
>Tapadh leibh airson do cuideachadh!
>Your response, though very helpful in answering my question, only raised
>more! My course is very confusing when it comes to verbs, verbal nouns,
>the context of their usages.
>sgriobh - verbal noun(?)/root of the verb. eg. "Feumaidh mi sgriobh" -
>"I have to write"
>sgriobhadh - means 'write' (pres. tense) e.g. "Sgriobhadh mi..." - "I
>a' sgriobhadh - means 'writing' e.g. "Bha mi a'sgriobhadh" - "I was
>Is this correct?
>Mar sin leibh
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