I just wanted to ask something, this may be a stupid question but better know than not
Would introducing yourself (Me for example) be "is mise Ryder" or "Tha mi Ryder"
Or can it be both? I checked with Google and both detect the same
Always "Is mise [name]"
Tha mi [name]"
The latter is ungrammatical. "Tha" can only be used for describing (e.g. with adjectives, prepositions etc.), never defining (saying what something is).
NB: Google Translate isn't reliable for Gaelic.
(Before anyone points it out, yes there is an idiomatic structure for saying what something is using "tha" (e.g. Tha mi nam oileanach"), but grammatically that's a prepositional phrase).
There cannot be any tha mi Ryder because Ryder is a noun, and a noun cannot be the predicate of a tha sentence.
You can only say things like tha mi + adjective (eg. tha mi beag ‘I am small’), or tha mi + prepositional phrase (tha mi anns an taigh ‘I am in the house’), or tha mi + adverb (tha mi an sin ‘I am there’, tha mi gu math ‘I am well’) but you cannot use tha to directly say what or who someone is.
You can say tha mi nam oileanach for ‘I am a student’, but that literally means ‘I am in my student’ (and being in somebody’s something is an idiomatic way to say that somebody (currently) is something, acts as something) – but again, nam oileanach ‘in my student’ is a prepositional phrase.
I see a lot of parallels with other Indo European languages. For example In French "Elle est belle, Oui, c'est une belle fille." You can't say "Elle est une belle fille" because that construction is only used for adjectives and initial adjectives are considered part of the noun.
One of the mods should take note :)
yes. Tha mi à Alba works.
You would use tha here thanks to the à as it is describing you as being from Scotland.
If you really wanted to emphasise the fact you are from Scotland you could use a form of 'S e for that phrase, but you would have to reorder the sentence slightly.