Ok, I did not get "her restaurant". How is restaurant spelled when it is "his" restaurant?
a bhialann and a mbialann would be 'their restaurant' (though in colloquial speech in Connacht, it could also mean 'your restaurant' or 'our restaurant')
Maybe this will help, too.
Oh God my head hurts, I don't even want to ask the next "why?" but I'm going to . I see, so "his restaurant would have the "h" added and "her restaurant" wouldn't (theirs has the "m" but no "h"..okay). I get that but then you had to go put apple and now I don't understand why "her apple" has the "h" added and "his apple" doesn't. Totally opposite from his and her restaurant. I'm sure I won't understand the answer but I had to ask anyway.
Ok, I did read through that and while it was interesting....it didn't answer my question but nevermind....sigh, I have already given in to the fact that I will never understand lenition or eclipsis. There are just too many things to try to remember with both of those. So many exceptions that I could never learn them all.
On the contrary, it did answer your question as to why “her apple” has the H added; the answer is in its “h-prefix” section.
They're two different kinds of ‘h’. The ‘h’ in ‘a bhialann’ is not its own letter, but a modifier on the ‘b’; in older Irish orthography, it would be indicated with a dot instead. In contrast, the ‘h’ in ‘a húll’ is a real ‘h’. So you shouldn't think of them as the same letter at all.
Restating the noun would be used to clarify an unclear statement, e.g.
A: “The newspaper’s food critic wrote an article on your restaurant and on Laura’s restaurant — he liked «mumble» restaurant.”
B: “My restaurant or her restaurant?”
Maybe so but they were both given to me as examples and apparently really have nothing to do with each other. If there is a connection, I don't see it.
The only connection between the bialann examples and the úll examples is that they all use a.
Don't worry, I am going to go back to my books and the lesson and go over lenition again. I know you all think I am hopeless but I never give up. The problem is that most books will tell you which letters get lenition or eclipsis. I have one book I just read that tells me "mo" will cause lenition and "ar" (the one with the fada) will cause eclipsis. But nothing else is listed. Anyway.....So what I am seeing up there is that after "a" when you have a word that starts with b only if you are trying to say "his" does it get lenited but if the words starts with a vowel and you are saying "hers" it gets an extra "h". If you are trying to use "a" as "theirs" it gets an "m" instead (before the word) of the H and this is eclipsis?(So my book says anyway.). I don't know, maybe this explains my total confusion on this and maybe it doesn't. I am trying very hard not to irritate you all with questions but I also am trying very hard to understand this and sometimes it's like you guys.....speak a whole different language, lol.
Yes, I don't have the app and I do keep going over those notes. I guess I just really need to study and memorize them. It is just so much to remember at once and even then I won't know which nouns are fem. or masc. for a long time. Go raibh maith agat.