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Ann am Beurla no anns a' Bheurla

Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:58 pm
by MarcMacUilleim
Hi,

Bha mi direach a' leaughadh an duilleag-lin seo: https://gd.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Talla_M%C3%B2r far a bheil an labhairt "ann am Beurla". Dh'ionnsaich mise "anns a' Bheurla" / "sa Bheurla".

Ciamar a chanas sibhse e?

M

Re: Ann am Beurla no anns a' Bheurla

Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:24 pm
by Níall Beag
Your version (anns a' Bheurla) is the traditional way -- the other way is a modern Anglicism.

Re: Ann am Beurla no anns a' Bheurla

Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:38 pm
by MarcMacUilleim
That's what I thought. Thanks for the confirmation.

Re: Ann am Beurla no anns a' Bheurla

Posted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:32 am
by Seonaidh
It is, however, worth bearing in mind that languages are dynamic. Just as modern English as she is spoke in the UK has accommodated many "americanisms" or ways of saying things that would not be common a century or so ago, so modern Gaelic does similar. The fact that "sa Bheurla" is "traditionally correct" (and an abbreviation of "anns a' Bheurla"), while "ann am Beurla" is a modernism possibly due to the influence of English (e.g. Englsih would say "in English" rather than "in the English") does not mean it's wrong to use it. Also, if somebody came up to you and asked "How do you say that in the Gaelic?", you might be a little surprised - as it's not the standard English way of putting it - but you would most certainly understand and probably reply without batting an eyelid, let alone pointing out the Heinous Grammatical Error.