Copula (definition)

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A copula is a functional word used to connect the subject to a predicate. In English, the copula is typically the verb be and its variants (is, am, are, was, were, etc). In Gaelic, there are two verbs that translate as be. One is Bi (irregular verb) and the other is the copula. In Gaelic it is typically used with nominal predicates like "I am the man" and in cleft constructions.


  • Cò thusa
  • Is mise Mòrag
  • An tusa Ealasaid
  • Cha mhise Ealasaid
  • Chan ise Peigi

Gaelic examples taken from Fisher (2004)

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Fisher, Muriel (2004) Scottish Gaelic: Level 1. Each-Mara Publications
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