Unit 21 - Talking about our pets

Our Pets "Na Peataichean Againn "

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You will see some use of emphatic suffixes in this unit. These are special word endings, sometimes joined to a word with a hyphen, sometimes without a hyphen, which give emphasis to that word. Here is an example:

am bi e gad bhìdeadh?
does he bite you?
am bi e gad bhìdeadh-sa?
does he bite you (with emphasis) ?

In the second example, the –sa suffix gives the emphasis to you. In English the you is emphasised in speech. In Gaelic, however, neither the bhìdeadh or the –sa are emphasised in speech. There are different emphatic suffixes for the different persons in speech, as you will see below:

Singular:

cha bhi e gam bhìdeadh
he doesn’t bite me
cha bhi e gam bhìdeadh-sa
he doesn’t bite me
am bi e gad bhìdeadh?
does he bite you?
am bi e gad bhìdeadh-sa?
does he bite you (emphasis)?
cha bhi e ga bhìdeadh
he doesn’t bite him
cha bhi e ga bhìdeadh-san
he doesn’t bite him
am bi e ga bìdeadh?
does he bite her?
am bi e ga bìdeadh-se?
does he bite her?

Plural:

cha bhi e gar bìdeadh
he doesn’t bite us
cha bhi e gar bìdeadh-ne
he doesn’t bite us
am bi e gur bìdeadh?
does he bite you?
am bi e gur bìdeadh-se?
does he bite you? (with emphasis)
cha bhi e gam bìdeadh
he doesn’t bite them
cha bhi e gam bìdeadh-san
he doesn’t bite them (with emphasis)

Note the use of the future/present habitual tense in the above examples. A bheil e gad bhìdeadh? means “is he currently biting you?”, whereas am bi e gad bhìdeadh? means “does he [ever] bite you?”.

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Now listen to Cèitidh telling Seònaid about the behaviour of her pet hamsters.

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