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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.

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