brown donn, duinne
dog cù, coin, coin (fir)
cat cat, cait, cait (fir)
bicycle rothair, rothair, rothairean (fir)
fast luath, luaithe
slow mall, maille
A’ bheil an cù donn? Chan eil. Tha an cù dubh. A’ bheil an cat dubh? Chan eil, chan eil an cat dubh, ach tha e donn agus geal. Nach eil an rothair seo luath? Tha, tha an rothair sin luath gu dearbh, ach chan eil an rothair agam luath idir. A’ bheil an t-each agad mall no luath? Chan eil e mall ach tha e luath gu leòr. A’ bheil càr dearg luath? chan eil. Am bheil an càr uaine aice? Chan eil, chan eil an càr uaine aice, ach tha an càr gorm aice. Nach eil an t-aran donn anns a’ bhogsa aca? Chan eil, ach tha aran geal anns’ a bhoca. An e tu an tidsear? ‘Se, ‘se mise an tidsear. Nach e mise am balach math? ‘Se, ‘se mise am balach math.
Is that dog fast or slow? That dog is fast. Is the bicycle blue? No, it’s green, but it’s fast. Is this cat brown? Yes, it’s brown. Is there snow today? Yes, there’s snow today. Are you the singer? Yes, I am the singer. Is there red wine in this box? No, there’s a valuable book in this box. Isn’t the tall man the crofter? No, the tall man is the doctor, the poor man is the crofter. Do you have a fork and knife? Yes, I do, but they don’t have a fork.
Note: Gaelic has no direct word for ’yes’ or ‘no’, but answers questions by repeating the verb in the positive or negative form. It is also not uncommon to give double-barrelled responses, by repeating the answer verb once individually, followed by a fuller statement, as seen in Exercise 56.
Note: baidhsagal is also common for bicycle.