Tha e fuar an-diug OR Tha i fuar an-diug ?
I had a question. Do we say " Tha e.... " or " Tha i.... " when talking about daily weather?
I saw "Tha e... " in the series Can Seo (1979) talking about the weather today.
But, in many other places I have seen the usage of the feminine form "Tha i...."
Weather ("aimsir" or "sìde") is grammatically feminine.
It's possibly debatable whether (no pun) it's absolutely necessary to use the feminine pronoun to say "it is cold" if the actual word for "weather" hasn't been introduced, though it's certainly not wrong to go with the feminine and probably better practice for a learner.
Might interest some people, I’ve just found it – this i referring to weather is explained by Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh in his Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks as coming from a reference to feminine oidhche night instead, rather than to the weather words (thus I guess a while ago people would say tha e brèagha during a day and perhaps tha i brèagha during night time, later i becoming more popular in some dialects, as taught in Duolingo) – this would be in line with Irish still generally using masculine sé when referring to weather.
Scottish Gaelic in Twelve Weeks, §5.43 The Weather, p. 62:
43 The Weather
The weather sìde (f) or aimsir (f) is an important part of daily conversation in Gaelic. Most conversations begin with comments on the weather. Here are some useful examples:
- Is e latha brèagha a tha ann. It is a lovely day.
Alternatively, we can simply use the verb tha as follows:
- Tha e brèagha an-diugh. It is fine today.
The feminine pronoun i rather than e is used in some dialects to refer to the weather in the above phrases; the feminine reference refers to, or originally referred to, oidhche ‘night’ which is a feminine noun.