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Hope for the Present

August 24, 2012

We all hope for a present, but this, unfortunately, is the grammatical meaning of present.  No gifts for any of us today.  Well, maybe for someone.

In English, we can say I hope such and such or I hope that such and such.  In Gaelic, we must always use the construction that effectively translates as that.  The expression for I hope (tha mi an dòchas) is followed by gu, gun, or gum if the hope is a positive one, i.e., I hope that such and such is…..  (as opposed to I hope that such and such isn’t….)  Tomorrow, we’ll be negative.  Today, it’s all positive!

When the expressed hope involves to be, the form becomes Tha X an dòchas gu bheil…. or X hopes that [something] is….


  • Tha mi an dòchas gu bheil… (HA mee un DAWK-us goo vale….)  I hope that (X) is…
  • Tha e an dòchas gu bheil…  (HA eh un DAWK-us goo vale….)  He hopes that  (X) is….
  • Tha i an dòchas gu bheil…  (HA ee un DAWK-us goo vale….)  She hopes that  (X) is….
  • Tha iad an dòchas gu bheil…  (HA EE-ud un DAWK-us goo vale….)  They hope that  (X) is….
  • Tha sinn an dòchas gu bheil…  (HA sheen un DAWK-us goo vale….)  We hope that  (X) is….
  • Tha Anna an dòchas gu bheil…  (HA AHN-uh un DAWK-us goo vale….)  Anna hopes that (X) is….

Just one example today:

  • Tha mi an dòchas gu bheil am brot blasda.  (HA mee un DAWK-us goo vale ahm brote BLAHS-duh.)  I hope that the soup is tasty.

Feel free to substitute other foods already taught or use the dictionaries linked in my Learning Gaelic Online page to look up more. 

Listening today: BBC’s Beag Air Bheag, Lesson 16’s transcript 1, in which the phrase is used.

If you’re new to the site, you can find an index of the beginning lessons on my Welcome page. (It will be updated someday.  I hope that it is…tha mi an dòchas gu bheil…soon!


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