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question on slender/broad stem

hi guys, I'm trying to figure out how the slender/broad system works. in the 2nd group of verbs you are saying quote :


Examples include inis tell, oscail open. The stems for these would be ins-, oscl-.

Why the stem of oscail become oscl ? is that gonna be recurrent ? how the stem is actually working ? is there a lot of verbs like this ? I might have missed something I am quite new to all this.

thanks guys it's amazing to be able to learn irish !

2 years ago

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When you are conjugating most two syllable verbs, if they end in l, n, r or s, you remove the second syllable from the end of the word, but keep the last letter, so oscail removes the second syllable and osc-ail becomes osc- but you add on the last letter so it becomes oscl-. So if you want to write it opens, you write oscl- but add on the stem for the present tense of the second conjugation, which is aíonn, so it becomes osclaíonn sé. I think that's right. I hope that was in some way helpful.

2 years ago

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whoa it's clear, not easy practice but clear. Thank you so much proinsias,explain like this make more sense to me cheers

2 years ago

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You're welcome. It takes a while for everything to come together, but with practice it all starts to become second nature. Good luck with your studies :)

2 years ago