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"mo" versus "m'"

What's the difference between, say "Mo capall" and "M'capall"?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

You only shorten it to m' when the next word starts with a vowel, like m'iníon - my daughter. That way there is no stop between the words and they have a smooth flow. Try saying it out loud both ways and you will hear the difference.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eikoopmit

Go raibh maith agat.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Vowel sound. Small, but important, distinction.

m'fhuinneog for example. But Mo fhrancach

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Even more relevant than m'fhuinneog is m'fhón.

Which shouldn't be mistaken for mo thóin. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Yes, I always forget about that.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eikoopmit

So, to use my horse example, the correct one would be "mo capall" rather than "m'capall", if I'm not mistaken?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

It'd lenite, however. mo chapall

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Damn. I can't believe I missed that too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eikoopmit

I can believe that I missed it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Yea, you are correct.

2 years ago

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The silent 'fh is surely when Irish orthography comes closest to looking like it'd be appropriate for the denizens of R'lyeh.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Do denizens of R'lyeh use the silent S from French too?

2 years ago

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If we're optimizing for orthography most infuriating for language learners, we can include the silent almost anything at the end of French words. And not to be a hypocrite, a generous helping of English spelling. Awful all around.

2 years ago