Periphrastic (definition)

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Periphrastic constructions represent grammatical notions using a combination of auxiliaries and verbal forms. In both Gaelic and English, aspect is typically represented periphrastically. In Gaelic to mark the perfect aspect one uses a combination of the auxiliary Bi (irregular verb, the particle air and the verbal noun: Bha mi air am bainne òl

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