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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2002 (January-June) » Evolution in verb forms? « Previous Next »

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Dennis Leyden (122.charlotte-21rh15rt.nc.dial-access.att.net - 12.93.72.122)
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2002 - 09:05 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I am working with two Teach Yourself texts (Dillon and Ó Cróinín; and O'Sé and Sheils) and have noticed a difference in their treatment verb forms. The older text (Dillon) has the present tense congiugated with separate endings for many of the forms (1st, 2nd, 3rd person sing. and pl.) whereas the newer text (O'Sé) only has a separate form for the 1st person singular, the rest relying on a common form with the personal pronoun. Given this is the same as on this website, I assume that is now the accepted form. My guess is that the "proper" grammar has been evolving over the past many decades from some classic form into one actually in use today? If so, I assume that the older forms are only of interest if I am interested in reading older texts? Or is this a regional difference and I should learn both ways of congiugating verbs?

Go raibh maith agat!

Dennis

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Seosamh (1cust57.tnt12.nyc9.da.uu.net - 67.192.250.57)
Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 07:09 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Caithfidh tú an dá bhealach a fhoghlaim. You have to learn both ways ultimately.

The conjugated forms are the norm in Munster -- that's the way people speak in the streets, fields and pubs. Both systems are in common use in Connemara. Even in the North, I think, people are used to a bit more of the conjugated forms than are admitted into the Standard.

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Dennis Leyden (dell-fegyb.uncg.edu - 152.13.196.199)
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raibh maith agat (arís!).

Dennis

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