If I was happy, I would sing
How would you say this in Irish. I don't think it's má bhí mé sásta, chanfainn but I dont know what it actually is. Does anyone know how to say something like this?
It wouldn't matter in any case, scilling, as the past subjunctive has the same form as the past habitual. It's not accepted in the course, I hasten to add, as I'm not sure to what extent it still exists in the various dialects.
The conditional seems to have replaced it, as the past tense has in English, an interesting contrast/commonality.
I do know that the past subjunctive rarely appears in print, much like its present equivalent. The old grammars are not very comprehensive, but the newer ones are practically silent, unfortunately.
The conditional conjugation has supplanted the "original" past subjunctive, which was conjugated similarly to the past habitual. I appreciate that some newer books have the conditional listed as the past subjunctive, though. I see it has now been relagated to dialect status here:
It is also among the works of one of Donegal's best known writers [from Wiki]:
Is iad na leabhair is tábhachtaí dár scríobh Seosamh ná Pádraic Ó Conaire agus Aistí Eile, An Druma Mór, Eoghan Ruadh Ó Néill, Dá mBíodh Ruball ar an Éan agus Mo Bhealach Féin.