Dependent Verb Form (definition)

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In Gaelic, the dependant verb form is used when a verb is accompanied by a function word called a particle, which may indicate negation, mood, case, etc. For example. the past tense independent form of the verb bi (irregular verb) is bha 'was', but after the particles cha, an and gu we get the form robh: Cha robh

Dependent form of the regular verb ol, 'to drink'

chan ol e
Neg drink he
'He will not drink'.

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