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  5. "Chan eil coineanach mòr."

"Chan eil coineanach mòr."

Translation:A rabbit is not big.

January 26, 2020



What is the difference between 'a' and 'the' in a sentence like this?


What do you mean? The difference is in definiteness, if you use the as in the rabbit, you have a specific rabbit in mind. When you use a, you have a general idea of rabbits in mind.

If you ask how to render that difference in Gaelic – you use the word without any article for the indefinite meaning (coineanach a rabbit), like you would in English plural (eg. rabbits aren’t big, not a rabbits or anything like that), and for the definite one you use the definite article an/a’/am/na (an coineanach the rabbit).

So to say the rabbit is not big you’d need chan eil an coineanach mòr.


Why do you use "an" instead of "a"?


Why instead of "a"? The definite article is never just a (it is written as a’ before some consonants when it lenites them, but there’s no lenition here).

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