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Verbal Nouns in the Irish Language

Irish uses a verbal noun, an noun formed from a verb, to express actions which are in progress.

Tá mé ag ithe. I am eating.
Tá muid ag foghlaim Gaeilge. We are learning Irish.

The verbal noun is also used where an infinitive (to eat, to buy) would be used in English.

Ba mhaith liom imeacht. I want to leave.
Tá áthas orm tú a fheiceáil. I am happy to see you.

For more information, see:

Verbal Nouns (GNAG)

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