Quick Question on Use of Aig Prep Pronoun

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Quick Question on Use of Aig Prep Pronoun

Unread postby AlexAkimov » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:04 pm

Using the aig prep pronoun to indicate possession I could of course say something like:

Bidh cù eile againn a-màireach - We will have another dog tomorrow.

However, you can also say something like:

Bidh iad againn air a' mhionaid

Do you look at this second example as saying:

They will be at us (here) in a minute OR
We will have them in a minute

i.e. my question really is whether the second example is also treated as an instance of possession, or is it looked at differently?



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Unread postby faoileag » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:31 am

What's your context for the second one?

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Unread postby AlexAkimov » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:50 pm

On reflection I can maybe offer an answer to my own question. Looking at these two sentences:

Bidh againn a-màireach
Bidh iad againn a-màireach

Structurally both are the same thing i.e. Something/someone will be at us tomorrow. Maybe the answer to my question is an old favourite, context.

Bidh againn a-màireach - A dog will be at us tomorrow - spoken in English: We will have a dog tomorrow
Bidh iad againn a-màireach - They will be at us tomorrow - spoken in English: They will be here tomorrow

Therefore the context defines how you actually tr*nsl*t* into English i.e. sometimes it will become possession (have), other times it won't.

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Quick Question on Use of Aig Prep Pronoun

Unread postby GunChleoc » Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:57 am

Sounds right. In a way, the dog will also have arrived when you take posession of it.
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