1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Scottish Gaelic
  4. >
  5. "Tha putan aig Ealasaid."

"Tha putan aig Ealasaid."

Translation:Elizabeth has a button.

February 12, 2020



I put this in EXACTLY as required, and was told it was incorrect


You most likely had a minor spelling error.


Does aig mean at him/it when the subject referred to is not named


Good question as there are some other prepositions that are used for 'him, it' as well, such as

air on
air on him, on it

but aig is not one of them

aig at
aige at him, at it



Since Ealasaid is the subject in this sentence, why is "aice" not used here? While I understand putan is a masculine noun, I don't see how the pronoun refers to the object. Can aige also mean "at her"? Thanks


That's not quite right. Ealasaid is the subject of the sentence in English. The button is the subject in Gaelic.

Tha putan aice [There] is [a] button at her
Tha putan aige [There] is [a] button at him
Tha putan aig Ealasaid [There] is [a] button at Elizabeth

So we simply have different words for 'at her', 'at him', 'at'. D


I had autocorrect sub air here and it was marked correct. Can "at x" and "on x" both be used for "x has" or was it just something that slipped through? I didn't remember them being interchangeable in this instance from the notes.


Normally you would use air for wearing, so you that would mean 'Elizabeth is wearing a button'. But I am not sure you can 'wear a button'?

However, air and aig are only one letter different. That should have been marked as a typo, but I think it does occasionally miss typos..


So how would you say "the button is Elizabeth's"?


Tha am putan aig Ealasaid

Am 'the' makes all the difference.

Learn Scottish Gaelic in just 5 minutes a day. For free.