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Bean vs Bhean in sentences

I am still getting confused with the usage of 'bean' for woman and 'bhean' for woman. Can someone please clear my confusion? Oh and I'm learning Irish from English.

May 5, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tarjava

feminine nouns lenite after "an" 1) bean : a woman 2) an bhean : the woman

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/theblackmare

But it's only for 'bean' or woman and not...say....'cailin' for girl? An bhean - the woman. Okay. Never 'an bean'. Okay.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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cailín is a masculine noun. Grammatical gender doesn't always match natural gender.

Examples of feminine nouns:
bean - "(a) woman", an bhean - "the woman"
cluas - "(an) ear", an chluas - "the ear"
foireann - "(a) team", an fhoireann - "the team"
gloine - "(a) glass", an ghloine - the glass"
pictiúrlann - "(a) cinema", an phictiúrlann - "the cinema"

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/theblackmare

This has been really, really helpful. Thank you so much, @SatharnPHL and @Tarjava ! :)

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/theblackmare

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May 5, 2019

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You're awesome!

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethS746001

Also, a lot of this can be found in the notes section. They are priceless for Irish and understanding lenition and eclipsis. And practice a lot. :) This will make it seem very natural to say an bhean, versus bean, and other words and when to recognize when they change. There is a method to their madness. :) I love the challenge of learning Irish. I have my golden owl, but I keep up the practice, listen to Irish music and stuff.

May 7, 2019
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