Grammar questions from TYG

Ciamar a chanas mi.... / How do I say...
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Grammar questions from TYG

Unread post by clarsach » Fri May 15, 2009 4:54 am

I'm on my second round through TYG, and hoping to really understand the grammar accurately and in-depth this time. It seems many others on this board are using the book, too, so I'm hoping we can help each other out.

Chapter 2, do and a (to) are introduced. Are these words totally interchangeable, or is there a rule as to when to use one or the other?

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Unread post by Neas Olc » Fri May 15, 2009 4:58 am

I'm pretty sure 'a' is less formal, and generally used for countries and places, whereas 'do' is more common with people and things. Tha feum aig duine sam bith seo a dhearbhadh co dhiu....

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Unread post by GunChleoc » Fri May 15, 2009 7:58 am

Oileanach chànan chuthachail
Na dealbhan agam

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Unread post by AlasdairBochd » Fri May 15, 2009 10:35 am

Seadh. Tha e ceart ri radh "Bidh mi a dol do Steòrnabhagh am-màireach" ach 's àbhaist do dhaoine ri radh "Bidh mi a dol a Steòrnabhagh am-màireach" no leis na fuaimreagan "Bidh mi a dol a dh'Astràilia am-màireach" (tha e dubailte).

Yes. It's correct to to say "Bidh mi a dol do Steòrnabhagh am-màireach" but people usually say "Bidh mi a dol a Steòrnabhagh am-màireach" or with vowels "Bidh mi a dol a dh'Astràilia am-màireach" (do is doubled), although the only native speaker I know is from Lewis and it is sometimes a little different there. Also, (and I'm on shaky ground here), the a is rather indistinct. If it is pronounced as a distinct open vowel (written á ...or à in GOC), it would mean from (out of) rather than to.

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Unread post by clarsach » Fri May 15, 2009 4:17 pm

Moran taing airson ur cuideachadh, gu h-àraidh an làrach-lìn.




Thank you for your help, especially the website.

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Unread post by GunChleoc » Fri May 15, 2009 7:22 pm

'S e do bheatha :D

That website was my favourite haunt when I first started and I still drop by when I need to.

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Unread post by akerbeltz » Sat May 16, 2009 10:50 pm

LOL I better update it then... or I could start writing my double grammar of Gaelic... decisions, decisions...

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