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Parliamo Scots
Common Nouns

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    A few nouns signifying quantity, like bi, drap, gowpenfu, hasntil, morsil, mouthfu, neivefu, pikkil, spuinfu, whein, can be used as quantifiers.

            Dae ye fancie a bit kebbok wi yeir breid?
            Ahíl hae a drap wattir for a stert.
            Tak a guid gowpenfu meal!
            Thay believed a hantil queer things in thae days.
            Gie me anither morsil breid.
            Ahíl try a mouthfu parritch.
            Thraw in a neivefu barley.
            A pikkil mair saut wadna gang wrang.
            Wad ye lyke anither spuinfu kail?
            Grannie haed a whein ither ploys.

    The use of nouns as qualifiers is common in Scots.  Forexample, we have: breik backsyde, breik erse, butcher maet, hedge ruit, pudden brie, sea maw,  snaw brie, Cripple Dick, houss door, baw heid, mutton heid,  sek needle, lobby press.

            His mither dernt a patch on his breik backsyde wi a sek needle.
            We aye hae butcher maet for kitchen the Setterday.
            Think on the puir tramps sleepin at the hedge ruit the-nicht!
            Sae ye wad skaud me wi pudden brie, wad ye?
            We maun keep oor ain fish guts for oor ain sea maws
            He disna lyke ti gang ower the houss door whan theír snaw brie on the caussie.
            Ah hear tell yeir Provost is a bit o a bawheid.
            That lobbie press is a fair muck midden.

    After certain nouns like, drawers, taibil, brae, hill, stair, the words heid or fuit can be used to locate position.

            The tyme piece is on the drawers heid.
            Hir taibil heid is never richt cleared.
            She is a richt stair heid limmer.
            The doctorís houss is at the brae heid.
            The lobbie press is doun at the stair fuit.
            He bydes up about Yarrae heid.
            Ye micht finnd mair trout doun at the wattir fuit. 


    A few plurals are irregular:

                        cou                  kye                               mouss              myce

                        ee                     een                               ox                    owsen

                        fuit                   feet                              shae                 shuin

                        guiss                geese                           tuith                 teeth

                        louss                lyce                              wumman         weimen

    Nouns of measurement are sometimes used without a plural sign, after a numeral.

            Itís mair nor fower hour sen he wes here.
            Ah haena seen hir for mair nor fortie year.
            Itís mair as thertie myle awa.
            He coud pit awa seivin or echt pynt at the yae dounsittin!

    Words like, brose, kail, parritch, soup, are sometimes treated as plurals.

            Sowp up thir guid kail or thay ir cauld!
            Ah dout thae parritch is ower wersh. 

    The singular forms of,  beiss, fish and sheep are also used as plurals.

            Theír a hantil cattle beiss i the glebe the-nou!
            Theír mair fish aye soumin in the sea as whit evir cam out!

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