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Dative or Nominative

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:45 pm
by AlexAkimov
Quick question on why I was wrong to put something in the nominative. Two examples:

1. Lovely Day (It is a lovely day in X)

1.1 'S e latha brèagha a th' ann ann am Port Righ
1.2 'S e latha brèagha a th' ann anns an Eilean Sgitheanach

Place names in Dative form as they follow "in". Dative shift only noticeable for The Isle of Skye as Portree doesn't have a definite article.

2. Lovely Place (X is a lovely place)

2.1 'S e àite brèagha a th' ann am Port Righ
2.2 'S e àite brèagha a th' anns an t-Eilean Sgitheanach

I left the place names in nominative form as I didn't think they were following a simple preposition. However, 2.2 was corrected to:

S e àite brèagha a th' anns an Eilean Sgitheanach

I'm not clear why this correction was made. What preposition is The Isle of Skye following in 2.2?

Dative or Nominative

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:20 am
by GunChleoc
You need the dative both after "ann an" and "anns an". The "s" in "anns an" is a marker that you're using the article there.

Rule of thumb: always use the dative after a preopsition. There are some exceptions where you use the genitive though.

Dative or Nominative

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:05 pm
by AlexAkimov
Ok, thanks.