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[To be] "after" doing something in Irish English

Past-tense verb formation in an imposed language


The Hiberno-English past tense of the verb "to be" is peculiar, a vestige of Gaelic Irish.

In the simple past tense, the Irish say "he's after [doing something.]" "He's after writing a letter" is equivalent to "he wrote a letter."

In the "recent news" past tense, "I'm only after getting here" means "I just got here."

In the "perfect past tense," the Irish would use "he was after walking the dog" to say "he had walked the dog."