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    one sees "at going" in early dialects of English independent of the Gaelic influence.

    But yes; Gaelic has no present tense, just a present imperfect that uses one of the forms of "to be", a variant spelling the preposition "at", and the verbal noun.

    Gaelic does use a verb suffix to indicate the verbal noun; but the formation of the verbal noun from the root (which is also the imperative) is WAY more complicated than adding, -ing... goddamnit. The most common form is a suffix that accounts for about 40% of verbs, and a few other common patterns, but it's a lot of memorization after that.

    Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

    by Robobagpiper on Tue Jan 26, 2010 at 06:26:06 AM PST

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