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Order of Adjectives in Irish

Dia Daoibh,

So, I've seen some hints online that the order of adjectives matters in Irish, similarly to English. However, I can't seem to find what that order ought to be. Does anyone have any information on this?

GRMMA!

1 year ago

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Would you provide the URLs for those online hints that you’ve seen?

1 year ago

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Absolutely: http://www.daltai.com/discus/messages/12465/11044.html?1017268006 I thought there was another one too, but I can't find it now. Thanks!

1 year ago

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It seems as though that discussion was focused more on the grammatical details of when to lenite the adjectives; the teach mór dearg example was confirmed as good phrasing, but the teach dearg mór example wasn’t confirmed as bad phrasing. (The dearg teach mór example is bad phrasing.)

1 year ago

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So, pretty much as long as the adjectives follow the noun, the adjectives can be in any order at all? Is that a correct inference? Thank you so much.

1 year ago

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A few types of adjectives precede the noun (e.g. possessives, most numbers, interrogatives, and some indefinites), but most follow the noun. Without further information on the ordering of adjectives after a noun (e.g. is teach dearg mór good phrasing or bad phrasing?), it would be premature to infer that any order would be good phrasing.

1 year ago

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A common one is that nouns in the genitive being used as adjectives commonly go last:

muga láidir tae = a strong cup of tea

1 year ago

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Ordinal numbers also come before the noun - when I was new to the language I would incorrectly say things like 'mo theach chéad' instead of 'mo chéad teach'!

1 year ago