Usya - use

Ûsya – use

In Kernowek if we wish to speak about a repeated action in the past, similarly to English we can use the word “ûsya” which means use.

Therefore if we wish to say “You used to go to school there” we can say “Te a wrug ûsya mos dhe scol ena”

This form can be used with all pronouns as follows:

Me a wrug ûsya – I used to

Te a wrug ûsya – You used to

Ev a wrug ûsya – He used to

Hy a wrug ûsya – She used to

Ny a wrug ûsya – We used to

Why a wrug ûsya – We used to

Y a wrug ûsya – They used to


Me a wrug ûsya neyja obma

Te a wrug ûsya ponya pub dedh

Ev a wrug ûsya redya war nosow gwȃv

Hy a wrug ûsya cana i’n eglos pùppres

Ny a wrug ûsya marhogeth warbarth war de Sul

Why a wrug ûsya cȏwsel moy war’n pellgowsor

Y a wrug ûsya debry ryb an derowen na

Remember however if you wish to say “I always used to be” rather than “used to do” you would use the “Past habitual” form of the verb “Bos”. You can use third person singular with pronouns;

Me a vedha lowen i’n Kernow in hȃv

I used to be happy in Cornwall in summer