Irish Negation

If you're trying to learn Irish Negation which is also called Gaelic, check our courses about Negation and negative expressions... to help you with your Irish grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Irish. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Irish Negation

Learning the Irish Negation displayed below is vital to the language. Irish negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy). Here are some examples:

English NegationIrish Negation
NegationDiúltú a
he is not hereNíl sé anseo
that is not my bookNí hé seo mo leabhar
do not enterNil cead isteach/Ná tar isteach

Notice the structure of the Negation in Irish.

List of Negation in Irish

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Irish placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Irish vocabulary.

English NegationIrish Negation
I don't speakI don't speak German = Ní labhraím Gearmáinis
I don't writeNí féidir liom scríobh
I don't driveNí thiomáinim
I don't loveNíl grá agam do
I don't giveNí thugaim
I don't smileNÍl aoibh orm
I don't takeNí ghlacaim
he doesn't speakNí labhraíonn sé
he doesn't writeNí scríobhann sé
he doesn't driveNí thiomáineann sé
he doesn't loveNíl grá aige do
he doesn't giveNí thugann sé
he doesn't smileNíl sé ag meangadh
he doesn't takeNí thógann sé / Ní ghlacann sé
we don't speakNí labhraímid
we don't writeNí scríobhaimid
we don't driveNí thiomáinimid
we don't loveNíl grá againn do/
we don't giveNí thugaimid
we don't smileNíl aoibh orainn
we don't takeNí thógaimid

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