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able Corpus occurrences Authors Lallans / Central Doric / Northern Orkney Shetland Southern Ulster
Occurences normalised per million words147.3 76 154.1 138.1 72.2 268.5 70.2 150
Number of occurrences223134 47 2 12 6 22
Number of authors43 17 1 5 4 6

Occurrences of able in Corpus

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Robertson, James Precious and the Puggies, (Itchy Coo 2011 ISBN: 978-1845023324) Lallans, weans
n born, then I widna hae been able tae get tae ken the brichtest on page 19
d thing at aw. Folk should be able tae lippen on ither folk, wio on page 47
es on the tap. Naebody wid be able tae resist sic a cake, she th on page 71

3 matches

Fenton, James On Slaimish, (Ullans Press 2009 ISBN: 9781905281299) Ulster, poetry
ry. Oot-an-oot sthrangers and able dailers frae oot ayont the bo on page 48

1 matches

Hubbard, Tom The Flechitorium, (Grace Note 2017 ISBN: 9781907676932) Lallans - East Central, poetry
This learned chiel wis able ti save Some relics fir the n on page 17
a fly grin. Aa I'd ever been able ti gaither aboot his ventures on page 72

2 matches

Burnett, Colin A Working Class State of Mind, (Piermont 2021 ISBN: 978-1914090158) Lallans - East Coast, prose
The teachers wurnae able tae see beyond oor tracksuits on page 22
tae auld dears suddenly bein able tae remember their bairns nam on page 30
Before ah'm even able tae string a sentence taegeth on page 132
yin person. Neither ae us are able tae rally the strength tae co on page 181

5 matches

Donovan, Anne Matilda In Scots, (Itchy Coo 2019 ISBN: 978-1785302350) Lallans, weans
t somehow, but ye seem tae be able tae get the answer richt awa. on page 68
ae expect bairns in PI tae be able tae read or spell or joogle w on page 89
teched golach, stappit fu, no able tae move or speak. A sype o s on page 125
, she said, 'Ah've never been able tae unnerstaund how come wee on page 153
ty that's come tae ye, o bein able tae move somethin wioot touch on page 174
Also on pages 186, 189, 204
8 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Alive an Kickin, (Argo Publishing 2004 ISBN: 978-0954615314) Doric - Inverurie, prose
ve at Motirmooth Maisie wisna able to full ye in oan aa the deta on page 24
It's aricht fin ye'r young an able. Bit it the eyn o the day, it on page 75

2 matches

Thomson, Mark Bard fae thi buildin site, (Luath 2007 ISBN: 978-1906307141) Lallans - Dundee, poetry
eh wonder if ei'll be able ti yaze thi hoover? on page 100

1 matches

Morrison-Smyth, Anne Alice's Carrants in Wunnerlan, (Evertype 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78201-011-1) Ulster - Ballymoney, prose
maks mae grow taaler, A'll be able tae reach the key; if it maks on page 14
dears? A'm sure A'll naw bae able! A'll bae too far aff tae bot on page 16

2 matches

McHardy, Stuart Speakin o Dundee: Tales Tellt Aroun the Toun, (Luath 2010 ISBN: 978-1-906817-25-1) Lallans - Dundee, prose
ae heid back. Naebody wuid be able tae blame him fer comin back on page 38
oshie McIntosh. Toshie wis an able seaman that wis on board the on page 40

2 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2021 ISBN: 978-1916117921) Lallans - Renfrew, prose
Aye but yi don't need tae be able tae swim tae go in the pool. on page 11
fix yir feet an then yi'd be able tae take me swimmin. Ma da ji on page 12
his bad feet an then he'd be able tae come in an watch me swim. on page 13
e he said, Aye an yi'll no be able tae eat chocolate, he said, Y on page 86
r, she said, An they might be able tae gie yi a roll an cheese. on page 87

5 matches

Pacitti, Stephen Lallans 81 - Pyntin the Been, (Lallans Magazine 2012) Doric - Aberdeen, newspaper
winty year, he wis still weel able ti look efter hissel. He'd na on page 8

3 matches

Ulster-Scots Language Society Tha Fower Gospels, (Ullans Press 2016 ISBN: 978-1-905281-25-1) Ulster, prose
in ee furst, an then ye'll be able tae see proper, tae tak tha s on page 7
waakin an tha blin bein able tae see. An the' gien glorie on page 9
o yer ain ee an then ye'll be able tae see tae tak tha skelf oot on page 80
an he made fowk that wur blin able tae see agane. He toul Jhone' on page 81
emie. Thair's naethin wull be able tae dae yis onie hairm. Nanet on page 88
Also on pages 92, 96, 101, 104, 105
15 matches

Fitt, Matthew Chairlie and the Chocolate Works, (Itchy Coo 2016 ISBN: 978-1-78530-083-7) Lallans, prose
rewed on thae caps, wis never able tae mak enough bawbees tae bu on page 5
r Lugmince or onybody else is able tae pauchle it. Nae spies can on page 21
r ... and och, the joy o bein able tae stech muckle dauds o some on page 51
ye want. This wey you will be able tae keep yersel gaun wi tasty on page 60
i Mr Wonka, but they were aye able tae read whit it said on a wh on page 118
Also on pages 142, 152, 155
10 matches

Burgess, Wilson Dae Ye See: Ulster-Scots Poems, (Scots Language Centre 2007 ISBN: 978-0955791604) Ulster - L'Derry, poetry
A micht be able tae save a bit on page 16
A lik'able rogue, lived aboot Hunters Mi on page 29

2 matches

Leslie, Deborah Doric - Hale an Hairty, (Argo Publishing 2011 ISBN: 978-0954615345) Doric - Inverurie, prose
ma chest aat Ah've nivver bin able te full. on page 45
dinna mean jist fidder ye're able fir the waddin nicht or no - on page 48
e solicitors. Ye said he'd bi able te reassure ye aat aathin's a on page 49
felt sair te bi sad an nae bi able te say. Ere wis a big lump in on page 66
kinna 'cairry-oot' ye wid bi able fir. Ah ken ye'll nivver bi f on page 72
Also on pages 81, 83, 87
9 matches

Wilson, Rab Accent O the Mind, (Luath 2006 ISBN: 978-1905222322) Lallans - New Cumnock, poetry
or fancies. Few poets hae bin able tae haud thaim fir a meenit, on page 102
tae deal wi fowk's lack o bi, able tae thole ither fowk's social on page 116

2 matches

Hay, Gordon M. The Doric New Testament, (Gordon M Hay 2012 ISBN: 978-0957351516) Doric - Banff, prose
en: ye'll be strack dumb, nae able tae spik a sinngle wird till on page 79

1 matches

Johnson, Laureen Saands o Maywick, (Shetland For Wirds 2004) Shetland, prose
ht in weeks, every wan at wis able, aald an young, an at lang la
t he wis efter dat, dey wirna able ta geng aff very far efter fi
lookin. An I kent if I'd been able ta see dat far, at peerie See
3 matches

Robertson, James Naebody'd Seen Him, (Scottish Book Trust 2018) Lallans, prose
place. He wantit tae be able tae say, Naebody seen me.
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 168, (self-published 2007) Lallans, newspaper
3 line stanzas, ilka ane weel able tae staund its lane, gey near
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 178, (self-published 2008) Lallans, newspaper
for health raisons, A wisnae able tae tend ony o the Scots lang
1 matches

Wheeler, Leslie Brockit, the Ferm Toon Cat, (Grampian Regional Council 2000) Doric, weans
They wir hardly able tae see, but the strippit kit
1 matches

Elphinstone Institute Aiberdeenshire Cooncil – Scots Leid Guidelines, (Aberdeenshire Council 2017) Doric, government
as an L3 leid, makin skweels able tae acknowledge an celebrate
1 matches

Uri, Antonia North East filmmakker feart for the futur o Doric, (Doric Future 2019) Doric, blog
“Ah really want tae be able tae spik it sae that it doesn
1 matches

Gillon, Karen Report on Inquiry intil the role o, (Education, Culture an Sport Comatee 2003) Lallans, government
teachers is weel able tae promote an bring oot the
ssibility strategy, should be able tae lichten some
2 matches

Fleemin, Sandy Report on Inquiry intil the role Submission, (Education, Culture an Sport Comatee 2003) Lallans, government
By which heroic Tam was able
Bi which heroic Tam wis able
2 matches

McAlpine, Joan Meeting of the Parliament, (The Scottish Parliament 2019) Lallans, government
hold, I feel that I should be able tae dae a bit better.
1 matches

Rennie, Susan The Wee Prince, (Edition Lintenfass 2017) Lallans, prose
leathern strap! He winna been able tae yoke it on his sheep. Sae
1 matches

Percy, Ely Duck Feet, (Monstrous Regiment 2020) Lallans, prose
ye but yi don’t need tae be able tae swim tae go in the pool.
ix yir feet an then yi’d be able tae take me swimmin. Ma da ji
is bad feet an then he’d be able tae come in an watch me swim.
3 matches

Calderwood, Lynsey Cantsmell, (From Glasgow To Saturn 2020) Lallans, prose
lik paki curls, yi widnae be able tae see them an it wid be a p
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS nummer 109, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
aries an forbye that fowk wis able tae vote ower the wab at www.
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 111, (self-published 2003) Lallans, newspaper
o the group's regulars wisna able tae be thare. For aw the numm
1 matches

Smith, Alex A Sair Fecht, (self-published 2003) Doric, prose
ae be born fin he wis. Tae be able
feelin o contentment. Tae be able tae enjoy a wak on a
he time ran oot an ey werenae able tae
fyle Jane wis able tae gang back tae work, takin
4 matches

Smith, Alex A Fer Chauve, (self-published 2005) Doric, prose
n if the rods stick you'll be able tae
1 matches

Blackhall, Sheena Minnie, (Scots Language Centre 2004) Doric, prose
t wis unthinkable, an her nae able tae play ae tune on the Russi
1 matches

Hall, Simon W. The Boy That Lived - Chapter Wan, (Brisk Northerly 2015) Orkney, prose
ed Mrs Dursley, they widna be able tae see anything that wis hap
‘His aunt an uncle will be able tae explain ivrything tae him
2 matches

Cara, Dillon, Ami and Travis Bogle Adventure, (Scots Hoose 2017) Doric, weans
Then abody was able tae go hame and live happily
1 matches

Fitt, Matthew Whuppity Stoorie, (Scots Hoose 2017) Lallans, weans
if oor pig dees? We'll no be able tae sell him and we'll hae na
1 matches

Priest, Ena Bonxie Geo, (Young Shetland Writer 2010) Shetland, prose
ir his midder an faider wisna able onymare.
feel braaly blyde dat he wis able tae geen on dis gaet.
2 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 177, (self-published 2008) Lallans, newspaper
haes complained aboot no bein able tae unnerstaund, naebody that
e want tae awn up tae no bein able tae unnerstaund Scots. Tho ma
2 matches

Bryden, Hugh Chuckies fir the Cairn, (Luath 2009 ISBN: 978-1906817053) Southern - Dumfries, poetry
an wir able tae hae a pint
1 matches

Clark, Thomas Wha's Like Us?, (Bella Caledonia 2017) Lallans, blog
e fae his election, Trump wis able tae sinder hissel in a wanner
oor necks in it. We wadnae be able tae contract oot aw oor think
2 matches

Clark, Thomas Scots an the smit: a language unner lockdoun, (Bella Caledonia 2020) Lallans, blog
lame fowk the noo for no bein able tae see past the end o their
1 matches

Clark, Sara Scot Free -The Psychic Cost O Uisin Scots, (Bella Caledonia 2018) Lallans, blog
. Ah've got the luxury o bein able tae lairn Scots frae the grun
, that ah feel bad aboot bein able tae experiment wi it wioot th
ss at hert, an bein yon, ah'm able tae uise Scots wioot feelin t
3 matches

Clark, Thomas Aw Aboard! The fecht for the Scots language stairts the day!, (Bella Caledonia 2019) Lallans - Borders, blog
Scots Language Board will be able tae legitimise thon, lattin o
e Bòrd na Gàidhlig has been able tae ensure for its scrievers
t determined o frackers'll be able tae airt it oot. Again - wio
3 matches

McHardy, Stuart The Wey Forrit, (Luath 2017) Lallans, prose
subject — ye will likely be able tae mak yersel unnerstood tae
American troops hiv only been able tae gang ootside their barrac
wi British passports will be able tae tak oot Scottish anes as
that a new nation’ll no be able tae borrae siller fer the rea
ion fowk; shairly we'll no be able
5 matches

Mitchell, Kiera Fit why nae?, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric - Banff, prose
e too much, an yi'll niver be able ti afford it"
1 matches

Halfpenny, Cameron Ahlice's Adveenturs in Wunderlaant, (Evertype 2015) Southern - Borders, prose
rlins? Ah ken Ah’ll no b’ able tae. Ah’ll b’ tae far awa
1 matches

Smith, Jamie The dingin doun o devolution, (Mak Forrit 2020) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
— oor only real howp o bein able tae chairt oor ain gate forri
1 matches

Smith, Jamie Soonds o the kirk an court: early airt muisic in Scotland, (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
cowth o componers. They warna able tae floorish as did their con
1 matches

Heather, Alistair Lat the auld witch burn, (Mak Forrit 2017) Lallans - Strathnaver, blog
the burnin pairty. She wisnae able, on accoont o her bein a hunn
1 matches

Thoumire, Elizabeth Than an nou — poverty, makkin dae, an leukin oot for ilk ither, (Mak Forrit 2018) Lallans - Edinburgh, blog
y’v nae fecht left; fowk no able tae feed their bairns, niver
1 matches

Uri, Antonia Fit tae dae aboot obesity?, (Mak Forrit 2018) Doric - Aberdeen, blog
, tae nou, some days nae bein able tae climb a set o stairs, sin
blems, fowk fa mebbe arna sae able tae gang tae the gym efter be
m fa live in poverty fae bein able tae indulge in a treat fan th
3 matches

Uri, Antonia Naewey tae bide, (Mak Forrit 2018) Doric - Aberdeen, blog
ld performin tae those fa war able tae gie £100 or mair wis a g
1 matches

Hodgart, John Scots Language Act: Oor weans hae richt tae see mither tung respectit, (The National 2021) Lallans - North Ayrshire, newspaper
ure. A confident Scot shid be able tae command the hale range o
1 matches

Reynolds, Charlie Krisamas time is draa’in near, (Ullans Speakers Association 2011) Ulster - Coleraine, prose
an thocht oul Santa wus jest able tae work magic. A shane fun o
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 149, (self-published 2006) Lallans, newspaper
y, but Scots writers shuid be able tae hae a receptive national
1 matches

Bennett, Peter Rude Awakenings (Part two of two), (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
high standard. . . should be able to work on their own initiati
1 matches

Bennett, Peter TA Hauf an a Hauf, (ABCTales.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
s ah used to be. Ah’m no as able for the gairdenin, ye see. Ah
1 matches

Grae, Emma Jimmy and his wee darlin Alexa, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
Glasgae shut, let alone no be able tae gie ma wife o sixty year
1 matches

Grae, Emma Dancin wi the Rhona, (unbound.com 2020) Lallans - Glasgow, prose
“Well, as long as you’re able to work from home... There’
“Ah huvnae been able tae face it.”
ne well she’s still no been able tae gie Mammy’s auld clothe
3 matches

Stewart, Anna An Alien Feeling, (Scots Hoose 2019) Lallans, prose
I wis able tae look through the light an
m suspended, I’m released, able again, no broken up. That’s
2 matches

Strachan, Shane Hoast, (Scots Hoose 2020) Doric, prose
ellin ma pals that I widna be able tae get back tae them for a w
1 matches

Rennie, Susan The Hoose o Haivers, (Itchy Coo 2002) Lallans, weans
oor faither, seemed no tae be able tae tak her een aff the princ
aur tooered abuin him, he wis able tae flit aboot, gleg as a hin
2 matches

Strachan, Shane Standing Stone, (northwordsnow.co.uk 2016) Doric, prose
ecial requests that we may be able to fulfil?’
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 114, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
ns said it wad mak aw schuils able tae offer languages reflectin
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 119, (self-published 2003) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
olitical curns, MEP Ebner wis able tae fund greement amang thaim
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 176, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
It wis guid that they war able tae get whit they baith wanti
an yet Donovan haes makit her able tae hae a gretter warld view
f ye ask Sister, she micht be able tae tell ye."
3 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 175, (self-published 2008) Lallans - Musselburgh, newspaper
that he maist like widnae be able tae get tae sleep at aw. He t
1 matches

Hutchison, Pat Sanners Gow's Tales and Folklore of the Buchan - The Clootie Dummmplin!, (Ayton Publishing 2017 ISBN: 978-1910601419) Doric - Banffshire, prose
l aal an deen . I’ll nae be able tae sort that!’ Jocky start
1 matches

Philips, Cally Wha's feart o' the library?, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Doric - Turriff, prose
k aff wur shoes we’d nae be able tae run awa’, nae fast aeyw
1 matches

Muir, Glenn Ozsome, (McStorytellers.com 2016) Lallans - Linlithgow, prose
baffies an thocht she wid be able tae pauchle them when Dorothy
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Challengin' Times, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, poetry
the “Auld bugger” tae be able tae catch them! They kept loo
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Educational (Mis)Communication, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
It was a privilege tae be able tae help, educate an’ possi
1 matches

McKillop, Roger Ma Heroes o' Sport, (McStorytellers.com 2015) Lallans - Edinburgh, prose
onin’. A wis pleased tae be able tae get this tae him via a mu
1 matches

Philips, Cally Jings, crivens, help ma Boab, it’s independence!, (McStorytellers.com 2013) Doric - Turriff, prose
wder tae me. Ah just wanna be able tae call ma country ma ain co
he last census form should be able tae vote. Ah mean, turkeys di
2 matches

Sneddon, Alison Whit dae ye want “British vailues” tae mean?, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
human richts, but we winna be able tae maintain that ootwi the E
1 matches

Seth-Smith, Niki Chynge o sum kind is comin either wey, but a vote tae leave wad empooer Europe’s faur richt, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
ur o Brexit dinna seem tae be able tae imagine the kinds o radic
ve seen whit they’ve been able tae dae i the raicent few sho
2 matches

McClurg, Fernando Scots, the Electoral Commission an the language community, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
time that Scots speakers are able tae access this kind o inform
nt: Scots-speakin fowk wad be able tae communicate wi their publ
2 matches

Young, Clive Creative Scotland an the sowl o Scots, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
ith-like intae a modren tung, able tae be yaised fur jist aboot
1 matches

McClurg, Fernando Weill, weill, weill, (The Sair Fecht 2016) Lallans, blog
raw, raelly. The SNP wadna be able tae pass their budget, anithe
convenor Maggie Chapman wisna able tae win a saet i the North Ai
2 matches

McClurg, Fernando The Great Divide, (The Sair Fecht 2015) Lallans, blog
generations, Labour haes been able tae commaund the loyalty o Sc
t’s gaein on. We’ll no be able tae tell the ful reality o’
2 matches

Ewen, Allan Pairt Ane: Janus leuks back, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
endent country. While I wasna able tae convince her o independen
nce her o independence, I was able tae dispel her fear o Aye vot
2 matches

Macdonald, Ileene Fit’s it aa aboot?, (The Sair Fecht 2014) Lallans, blog
e helped create a fully trade-able currency – a ‘can-do’ap
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 101, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
hat girns maist aboot no bein able tae unnerstaun written Scots
1 matches

Fairnie, Robert Scots Tung WITTINS Nummer 102, (self-published 2002) Lallans, newspaper
ents haena the comfort o bein able, without frequent misgivings,
1 matches

Clark, Thomas Till Houletgless an the Soond o Money, (The Scores 2018) Lallans, prose
s, an kent tae that he wid be able tae git awa wi murder whaur T
1 matches

Uri, Antonia Will virus crisis mean a fresh stairt for Scots produce?, (The National 2020) Doric, newspaper
nae we’re suin gaun tae be able tae get a fair skelp o produc
r like we are nae gaun tae be able tae enjoy events like the Tas
Union Jacks, mair fowk wad be able tae wark oot fit product had
3 matches

Uri, Antonia Here's the problem wi the trad wife muivement, (The National 2020) Doric, newspaper
t hinna got the siller tae be able tae dae it, even if they want
like naethin mair than tae be able tae gaung awa oot an mak eneu
2 matches

The Westender Pipin for the Young Yins, (The Hawick Paper 2008) Southern, newspaper
the Hawick Pipe Band no' bein able tae practice in The Con Club?
A'm hopin' they'll be able tae sort oot accommodation in
wi' a few folk that might be able tae help. A hope se onywei.
3 matches

Occurrences on Scots Twitter

@d_anderson878 tweeted in Doric

@DoricPhrases tweeted in Doric
Ah hivnae been able tae see the new ae poun coin (2017)
urlish itherwise ye wudnae be able tae un'erstn me!(2020)

@cammyrudkin tweeted in Southern

@daleser23 tweeted in Doric

@fittiecrooners tweeted in Doric

@alistairdunn tweeted in Lallans

@Cobradile94 tweeted in Lallans

@jax6754 tweeted in Lallans
es Guid fir you! I've no been able tae swim since breaking wrist(2015)
wont be there??. Hopefully be able to come tae one o yir future (2015)
by the end of 2015 I will be able tae see how far I have moved (2015)
hjack Daein the same, no been able tae dae exercise fir 2yrs but(2015)
Love your site, and how your able tae help children and adults (2014)
and 1 other matches.

@MartinBroon tweeted in Lallans

@mcfarlane_irene tweeted in Lallans

@rosa_alba_macd tweeted in Lallans
here in Abs/Abdn. Wants to be able to socialise a little bit out(2020)

@SusiBriggs1 tweeted in Lallans

@billykayscot tweeted in Lallans

@Chazzbat tweeted in Lallans

@DABArbuckle tweeted in Lallans
@80_mcswan Being able tae gang intae a pub in Engla(2020)
atTimWalker Aye, and ah'll be able tae buy a pair o breeks aff t(2020)
h wid gie ma left airm tae be able tae play the guitar like Davi(2020)

@Julie_Dennison tweeted in Shetland

@tattooedselkie tweeted in Shetland
Canna wait tae be able tae get anidder tattoo(2021)
I miss bein able tae gie fokk bosies.(2021)
arlier ?? I might actually be able tae gie her a bosie when I'm (2021)
inna spik anoff Gaelic tae be able tae competently read a whole (2021)

@kennethbryce184 tweeted in Lallans
hem brother lol - ee were an able deputy fir the pinkman defo b (2020) twitter link
npope73 gutted that i wont be able to get my usual copy today lo (2020) twitter link

@RedValkyrie84 tweeted in Shetland

@TheFarrierPhil tweeted in Ulster

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