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Why do some nouns have "t-" in front of it?

Hi there! I noticed some nouns have a "t-" in front of them, for example "An t-Eilean Sgitheanach" - "The Isle of Skye", but I haven't yet worked out when words have it and when they don't. Thanks for any help :-)

December 1, 2019



Different nouns have different definite articles depending on the gender (male/female) and initial letters. In the nominative case these are an, am, an t-, and a'. Here is a link on LearnGaelic to a short explanation of Scottish Gaelic definite articles. https://learngaelic.scot/beginners/beagairbheag/grammar/article/index.jsp The definite article also changes for case (nominative, dative, possessive) and number (singular and plural).

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