Copula in the Irish Language
Irish uses two different verbs that correspond to the English verb is/am. A special verb called the copula is used:
- To say what something is (identification and classification).
- With the preposition le to express ownership.
- To give your name.
- To mark emphasis by moving words toward the beginning of a sentence.
In other situations, the verb bí (tá) is used. Here are some examples:
|Tá mé sásta.||I am happy.|
|Is muinteoir mé.||I am a teacher.|
|Is mé an múinteoir.||I am the teacher.|
|Is mise Máire.||I am Máire.|