Verbal particles 3
The letter a figures widely as a verbal particle, in tenses other than the present continuous tense. The example given here is the preterite (simple past tense). The verbal particle follows a personal pronoun, such as ev he or hei she, or a name or noun. As you can see the verbal particle produces a soft mutation in some initial consonants:
a dheuth came
a dhabras ate
a welas saw
a sedhas sat
Ev a dhabras tesen. He ate (a) cake.
Hei a dheuth tre. She came home.
Jory a dhabras o aval. George ate my apple.
An den a welas cok. The man saw a fishing boat.