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by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: chun vs do 'n

do'n is just an old spelling of don, a variant of dhan.
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: math math vs glè mhath
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: math math vs glè mhath

Doubling adjectives is not exclusively child language in Gaelic. But it's more colloquial than literal i.e. I would'nt write "bha am buidheann seo mòr mòr" in an academic essay but it would pass muster in a live news broadcast "bha buidheann mòr mòr de dhaoine ann an Glaschu an-dè".
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 2164

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

The distinction between dependent and independent is an established concept in linguistics in general, and functions at a clausal level. The only wrinkle in Gaelic is the reanalysis of copular constructions as pre-verbal particles. That's not a major wrinkle though, as the same logic holds -- the v...
by akerbeltz
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: chun vs do 'n

Yes, what Niall said. Beware of homographs, it's a bit like pérmit and permít in English.
by akerbeltz
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: chun vs do 'n

do in a directional sense is (in)to, gu is just to(wards), so tha mi a' dol do thaigh mo mhàthar > I'm going inside, tha mi a' dol gu taigh mo mhàthar > I'm not specifying if I'm going in, I may just throw a brick to get her to come downstairs or I may even stop at the pub next door to meet her the...
by akerbeltz
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: "anns a'" vs "sa" etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 1191

Re: "anns a'" vs "sa" etc?

There's a couple of relative simple phonetic rules which govern this in speech: - if a word final vowel is identical the a following word initial vowel, delete vowel 1 (a tha ann [ə ha auN] > [ə hauN]. - word final weak vowels (the schwa) are always in danger of dropping off, especially at the end o...
by akerbeltz
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 2164

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

I don't think Niall's explanation above is quite right. Dependent and independent verbs in Gaelic are fairly well defined concepts and that's nothing to do with the juxtaposition of sentences. It merely boils down to what particle sits in front of the verb. In Gaelic, that boils down to 3 options: n...
by akerbeltz
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: "anns a'" vs "sa" etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 1191

"anns a'" vs "sa" etc?

Semantically they're interchangeable. My personal take is that san/sa/sna are marginally more colloquial than anns an/anns na but I don't think there's much in it. To put it this way, I cannot envisage a scenario in which an essay might get marked down for using san/sa/sna over anns an/anns na .
by akerbeltz
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal noun of 'saying' (a' ràdh or ag ràdh?)
Replies: 6
Views: 946

Verbal noun of 'saying' (a' ràdh or ag ràdh?)

but for now, everyone writes it as "ag ràdh". No. There is ag ràdh and a' gràdh(a) (plus a lot of other variantions) i.e. in some areas, the g has fused fully onto the verbal noun. You can tell it has fused because in those dialects, the lenited verbal noun ends up being ghràdh(a) , for example bu ...
by akerbeltz
Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: When to use àlainn vs brèagha?
Replies: 10
Views: 1334

When to use àlainn vs brèagha?

I don't think 'S e hamstair a tha 'nad mhàthair agus tha fàileadh nan caoran-dromain far d' athar would make it, it fails to illustrate any specific usages, grammar or idiom, that would require an entry 8-)
by akerbeltz
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: When to use àlainn vs brèagha?
Replies: 10
Views: 1334

When to use àlainn vs brèagha?

Àlainn trumps brèagha, snog is short by the way.
by akerbeltz
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: 'ceart gu leòr' vs 'gu dòigheil'
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

'ceart gu leòr' vs 'gu dòigheil'

<Nursing ragingly bad hangover> "Did you have enough to drink at the wedding?" "Bha! Ceart gu leòr" (perhaps?) Ceart gu leòr wouldn't fit into this scenario, there's nothing really to which ceart would be an answer but just bha gu lèor or bha gu leòr mhòr even. But yes, overall, that's what I meant...
by akerbeltz
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: 'ceart gu leòr' vs 'gu dòigheil'
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

'ceart gu leòr' vs 'gu dòigheil'

I think in the right context, gu leòr can mean an abundance, say in bha sinn aig banais Chaluim an-dè agus dh'òl mi gu leòr dhen Each Bhàn ann.

But I should perhaps offset it in the dictionary.
by akerbeltz
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: 'ceart gu leòr' vs 'gu dòigheil'
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

'ceart gu leòr' vs 'gu dòigheil'

Interesting, I'd never considered the impact of galore on learner usage of gu leòr.