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"Tha putan dearg aig Seòras."

Translation:George has a red button.

December 8, 2019



Now I'm confused. When do you use "tha aig" versus "agad"?


"Aig" is for "him/her/it", and "agad" is for "you". For example: "Tha putan dearg aig Calum" = Calum has a red button. But "Tha putan dearg agad" = You have a red button. I hope this helps!


That is slightly confusing. Aig is used before a noun. Aige is 'at him/it' and aice is 'at her/it'.


Aig is a preposition, and is used with a noun or pronoun. And agam, agad, aginn are all compounds, they're the preposition aig + a pronoun: agam is aig + mi; agad is aig + thu; aginn is aig + sinn.


I am intrigued that Dwelly thinks putan means sny. See also here under bàta. For once I understand the Gaelic better than the English. Has anyone any reference to say what a sny is, or where it comes from, apart from Dwelly?


The OED entry for sny as a noun doesn't have a definition, but here are a couple of extracts listed:

1846 A. Young Naut. Dict. 288 In shipbuilding, a plank is said to have sny, when its edge has an upward curve.

1875 E. H. Knight Pract. Dict. Mech. 2232/1 Sny,..the trend of the lines of a ship upward from amidship toward the bow and the stern.


Thank you, but it is clearly a noun meaning a toggle in Dwelly. I think the idea must be that it is a curved piece of wood. I just wonder where he got the word from, that the OED and the DSL and MW and Wiktionary and Google haven't heard of in this sense.

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