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"Halò agus tapadh leat a bhalaich."

Translation:Hello and thank you, boy.

December 5, 2019



Why is boy spelled balaich instead of balach in this case?


It's because of the vocative case. As well as the a + lenition (the word given to the h added at the start of the word there), masculine nouns get an i at their ending. This is called slendarisation as i and e are slender vowels in Gaelic (A O U are called broad vowels).


Your comments are a real help. Thanks


Why is it vocative? And how do I find it?

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    Wikipedia sais that the vocative case is used for a noun that identifies a person being adressed.


    Why is it tapadh leat instead of tapadh leibh?


    Tapadh leat (singular/familiar); tapadh leibh (plural/formal). Good question.


    What is the difference between boy And brother


    Brother is bhrathair as opposed to boy balach (bhalaich as explained above by tj4232)


    I keep making mistakes with leat versus leibh. There must be a rule or do I just have to memorize each situation?


    It's based on formality. Generally for anyone older than you, of a higher authority, or strangers you should use ''leibh,'' whereas familiar people or those younger than you would be ''leat.'' Since they say boy the person is probably younger than the speaker so "leat" is more appropriate.

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