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

Past-tense verb formation in the imposed language


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

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

In the "recent news" past tense, the Irish say "I'm only after [doing something.]"   "I'm only after getting here" means "I just got here."

In the "perfect past tense," (he had done something,) the Irish would say "he was after doing something."