Daniel wrote:The preposition is de which means of and so it needs the nominative noun an t-òran to go in the genitive case in which case it is na h-òrain. The word fear in this context here means 'one' so the translation is In one of his songs, these words were... That's why it doesn't get put in the dative by the preposition ann.
polyglossos wrote:But only one of these two vowels will be pronounced. How am I supposed to know which one? I mean how do I know if "geal" is pronounced /gyel/ or /gyal/ ?
Kathy wrote:1. Is àbhaist dha glè fhuar a-mach.
It is usually very cold outside.
2. An àbhaist dhomh a bhith a' cur an iuchair agam ann am baga?
Do I usually put my key in the bag?
3. Chan àbhaist do Chatrìona a bhith ciallach.
Catrina is usually not sensible.
4. Nach àbhaist dha na balaich a bhith a' cluich a-mach?
Don't the boys usually play outside?
5. Tha mi a' creidsinn gur àbhaist dha a bhith a' faighinn a' bhus dhachaigh
I believe that he usually takes the bus (to get) home.
Daniel wrote:DATIVE CASE (PART II)
Nouns with the initial combinations of sl, sn, sr and s + vowel take the dative definite article an t- but does not lenite, unlike the feminine.
nominative: an t-slàinte - the health
dative: leis an t-slàinte - with the health
but why unlike the feminine? Do feminine nouns really lenite in this case? I thought, not... And... slàinte is feminine itself, isn't it?
And one more question. It is not on the lessons.
I met a phrase: Ann am fear de na h-òrain aige, bha na faclan seo... (and then there were the words from the song). The question is about the first part of the phrase. As I guess, it means 'In the man's song...'. But why isn't it something like 'Anns an t-òrain aig an fhear'? Is it because the meaning is 'in a (some) song of the man' and not 'in the song of the man'? And is 'de' then just another way of expressing posession?
ego wrote:When I have diphthongs like ai or ia, I can't be sure whether both vowels are pronounced or one of them is only used to alter the preceding or following consonant's pronunciation.
Perhaps I should make a recording of myself and you tell me if you understand anything of what I say .
About the rr/r. Would you say the rr is more trilled, like the Spanish r, while the r is more instant?
[/quote]And finally, the difference between aige and aice is that a slight [h] sound comes before c, while not before g?
1. I read that there are two pronouns for "thou": thu and tu. What's the difference?
2. I read that with expressions like "[s]tha[/s] is urainn dhomh, bu chòir dhomh" etc, infinitive must follow, and the infinitive is lenited. But then I found these phrases:
3. My book says nothing (yet?) about relative clauses in Gaelic. In phrases like "I want to go", "I will try to speak", "He told her to sing" etc, what verb forms do I use in Gaelic where English uses infinitives? Infinitives as well? Is there any pattern how to form infinitives?
ego wrote:I think I need some explanation on the use and formation of tenses because my book won't explain them. Could you give me a table of Gaelic tenses and their formation (regular verbs only).
Psi-Lord wrote:ego wrote:I think I need some explanation on the use and formation of tenses because my book won't explain them. Could you give me a table of Gaelic tenses and their formation (regular verbs only).
Ever checked http://www.taic.btinternet.co.uk/taic.htm? The lessons and appendices on the tenses might be interesting for you to read.
ego wrote:My book writes "tha urrainn dhomh". Why did you correct it?
Also I've been taught expressions like "Nach mi a tha gòrach!" so I guessed it would be "nach a' Ghàidhlig a tha brèagha!". Why did you add "eil" after nach?
Thanks for your explanations about the stem/noun system. It seems quite clear. So "I want to buy apples" is litterally "I want the apples' buying" in Gaelic?
Another question now, is when do I use the verbal noun and when the stem? I think I need some explanation on the use and formation of tenses because my book won't explain them. Could you give me a table of Gaelic tenses and their formation (regular verbs only).
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