I'm a little confused (again) over "Tha e gu math mòr!" which is "It is really big".
A few lessons back I had noted "Tha i" meaning "It is" - whilst "Tha e" meant "He is".
When does 'e' start meaning 'it' and not 'he' - and what happened to 'i' meaning 'it' and not 'she'? I know the pronunciation difference, but the way it's written is confusing me.
They are interchangeable and the difference is given by context.
Tha e gu math mòr means both "it is really big" and "he is really big". You'd tell the difference by context. "Sheall air Seumas. Tha e gu math mòr" - "Look at James. He is very big." "Sheall air a' bhein sin. Tha e gu math mòr." - "Look at that mountain. It is very big."
I think this may simply be an American English versus British English thing.
Wasn't there an incident recently where an American called an ambulance in Britain, and described the patient as "quite ill", meaning really ill (American English)? But the person taking the call interpreted that as slightly ill (British English) and didn't prioritise the ambulance. No happy ending there I'm afraid.