Verbs

Irregular verbs

There are ten irregular verbs in Gaelic. It is worthwhile mastering these because they are very common in everyday speech.

Below is a table outlining the root, verbal noun, infinitive, past tense and future tense of all ten irregular verbs (and their English translations). You can test yourself on them in the test bite.

Irregular verbs

Irregular verbs
RootVerbal nounInfinitivePast tenseFuture tense
abairag ràdha ràdhthuirttheir
saysayingto saysaidwill say
beira' breitha bhreithrugbeiridh
catchcatchingto catchcaughtwill catch
cluinna' cluinntinna chluinntinnchualacluinnidh
hearhearingto hearheardwill hear
dèana' dèanamha dhèanamhrinn
dodoingto dodidwill do
faica' faicinna dh'fhaicinnchunnaicchì
seeseeingto seesawwill see
faigha' faighinna dh'fhaighinnfhuairgheibh
getgettingto getgotwill get
racha' dola dholchaidhthèid
gogoingto gowentwill go
ruiga' ruigsinna ruigsinnràinigruigidh
arrive, reacharriving, reachingto arrive, to reacharrived, reachedwill arrive, will reach
thoira' toirta thoirtthugbheir
givegivingto givegavewill give
thiga' tighinna thighinnthàinigthig
comecomingto comecamewill come