Possessives Query

Ciamar a chanas mi.... / How do I say...
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Unread postby AlexAkimov » Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:04 pm

My course has reached possessives. All seems straightforward enough, just one thing I was wondering. If you look at this sentence:

Càite a bheil am baile?

This to me means - Where is the town?

But if "am" is the possessive for "their" when used in conjunction with labials, then couldn't the same sentence also mean:

Where is their town?

If so how do you know which is meant?



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Unread postby GunChleoc » Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:06 pm

From context only.
Oileanach chànan chuthachail
Na dealbhan agam

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Unread postby AlexAkimov » Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:12 pm

GunChleoc wrote:Source of the post From context only.

I feared that would be the answer, but thanks anyway :?

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Unread postby GunChleoc » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:14 am

There's a lot of that happening in English too - you just don't notice, because you're used to it ;)
Oileanach chànan chuthachail
Na dealbhan agam

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Unread postby akerbeltz » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:29 am

With third person possessives which don't show the distiction between alienable and inalienable clearly though lenition etc, it's very common to resort to aige/aice/aca irrespective of whether the object theoretically falls into one or the other category of posession. So for clarity, càit a bheil am baile aca is not going to raise eyebrows from any native speaker.

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Unread postby poor_mouse » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:51 am

I think it may be also "am baile-san" or "am baile fhèin" in the case of "their town".
But in the case of "the town", context is the only help: Càit' a bheil am baile as fhaisge?
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