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by Níall Beag
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 1384

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

Do you actually have Scottish Gaelic in 12 Weeks? Silly title aside, it's a great book - covers everything. The inversion bit is a slightly ropy (Cothrom Ionnsachaidh by Ronald Black has a much better overview of verbal noun forms and inversion) , but that apart it's a cracking read. Extremely gram...
by Níall Beag
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

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 Níall Beag
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Leasain na Gàidhlig / Gaelic Lessons
Topic: Stick to a course or jump ship?
Replies: 16
Views: 1384

Re: Stick to a course or jump ship?

Pacing has always been an issue in self-study materials. Traditionally, that's down to the cost of paper -- cramming everything into one book means that language isn't recycled and practised enough. Can Seo is probably worse than most, because as I understand it, it wasn't really self-study: as with...
by Níall Beag
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Word order in a Dè... bhios question
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: Word order in a Dè... bhios question

"what colour" is one thing. Q "What colour?" A "that one". It's similar to English because neither language likes splitting one thing into two.
by Níall Beag
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: chun vs do 'n
Replies: 7
Views: 934

Re: chun vs do 'n

Aha! That concurs with my understanding of gu in other contexts as in Tha mi gu math or Tha e cairteal gu trì (up to but not beyond) These are pretty different, though. "gu" before an adjective is just a little particle that turns the adjective into an adverb. The closest equivalent in English is t...
by Níall Beag
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

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. The distinction between dependent and independent is an established concept in linguistics in general, and...
by Níall Beag
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

The only bit I am still a bit shaky on is when to use 'a' for that instead of 'gu/gun/gum' e.g. as in Tha mi a ’smaoineachadh gum bi... vs An duine a bhios mi (@Niall Beag's example). They each feel right but I can't tell you for the life of me why. So, I sort of understand this at an intuitive lev...
by Níall Beag
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

So, I have a point of reference, except that I need the special bhitheas/bhios form to follow 'that' for the future. Not sure what you mean by "that". It was a reference to what I said in my post. Bhios is the future relative and will follow the likes of ma, a, na etc. Wherever you might think to p...
by Níall Beag
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

Re: bhitheas vs bhios and bithidh vs bidh

In general, the long form is considered "conservative" and the short form is "modern". But think about this... in English, "it is" is conservative, as the modern form has shortened to "it's", just as in Gaelic "bidhidh" has shortened to "bidh". However, if you want to be emphatic, you can use the ol...
by Níall Beag
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: "anns a'" vs "sa" etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

"anns a'" vs "sa" etc?

23878 I have just come across instruction in LearnGaelic that says to use san/sa/san t- when you are saying in the but when you are saying in a you use ann an (see https://learngaelic.net/lg-beginners/jslessons/index.jsp?lesson=18#screen_1 ). This is rather more prescriptive than Akerbeltz's take o...
by Níall Beag
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: "anns a'" vs "sa" etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

"anns a'" vs "sa" etc?

One semi-related question on concatenation - is it more colloquial to run tha and ann together, at least in speech (making a sound akin to houn (as in "you ain't nothing but a houn' dog")? This seems to be the trend in Can Seo but I have come across some audio (I forget where now) in which the pres...
by Níall Beag
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: "anns a'" vs "sa" etc?
Replies: 7
Views: 1297

"anns a'" vs "sa" etc?

Right up until the 90s, it was frowned upon to use contractions in English, which probably influenced the notion of "correct Gaelic". (At school, I wasn't allowed to write "he's" or "it's" unless it was in direct speech.) Gaelic's now ahead of English in the sense that you're no longer penalised for...
by Níall Beag
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal noun of 'saying' (a' ràdh or ag ràdh?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1057

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

Ceud taing, for your patience and help. Sometimes I feel like I'm currently monopolising this section of the board with all my question so I hope you guys don't mind and rest assured that I really appreciate the very informative replies. I asked at least as many questions when I was at your stage -...
by Níall Beag
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: Verbal noun of 'saying' (a' ràdh or ag ràdh?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1057

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

It's a wee exception. Where other words starting with consonants lost the G before them, "ràdh" held onto it as "ag ràdh". Maybe at some point in the future, people will end up writing "a' gràdh", but for now, everyone writes it as "ag ràdh". This sort of movement of consonants happens in English to...
by Níall Beag
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Gràmar, Fuaimean is Gnàths / Grammar, Sounds and Expressions
Topic: When to use àlainn vs brèagha?
Replies: 10
Views: 1450

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-) Well, I personally wasn't aware of the idiomatic way to express "to smell of sthg" until now...