Tig liom

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    Could someone let me know if there is a paradigm of the verb “to be able ” in Ulster dialect (not féad, or “in ann…etc)
    I understand that it’s a variation on TAR / to come .
    Maith agaibh go léir.


    ‘Tig le’ in this sense is used impersonally. The verb paart is in the third person, subject unexpressed. The prepositional pronoun ‘le’ will vary, of course, according to person: ‘Tig liom, leat, leis’ etc. – I, you, he, etc. can. Future: Tiocfaidh liom, léi, linn’ etc. Conditional: ‘Thiocfadh liom, leat, libh, leo’ etc. Past: ‘Tháinig Iliom, leat, libh’ etc.

    It’s not exclusive to Ulster, though it’s certainly used more frequently there. And in Ulster ‘tig’ tends to be lenited in the present affirmative: ‘thig liom fanacht’ rather than ‘tig liom fanacht’.

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