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"Help me! It is heavy."

Translation:Cuidich mi! Tha e trom.

February 14, 2020



trom is heavy, aotrom is light. Does the "ao" perform the same function as an "a" at the beginning of such words as asymmetrical? The "a" meaning "not".


Good spot! It is one of many negative prefixes in Gaelic:

positive negative
coltach > like / similar aocoltach > unlike / dissimilar
domhainn > deep aodomhainn > shallow

I can't actually think of any other examples using ao- at the moment, as it's one of the less common ones, but other ones include mì-, neo-, and an(a)-:

positive negative
eòlach > acquainted aineolach > ignorant
cothrom > opportunity / chance anacothrom > disadvantage
eisimeil > dependent neo-eisimeil > independent
ciontach > guilty neoichiontach > innocent
coireach > to blame / responsible (for) neochoireach > innocent / blameless
toilichte > happy mì-thoilichte > unhappy
modhail > well behaved / polite mì-mhodhail > badly behaved / rude
cofhurtail > comfortable mì-chofhurtail > uncomfortable


That does not surprise me. English has several negative prefixes. I mentioned asymmetrical, but there is also: invisible, unsure, nonsense, impossible and probably more that I can't immediately think of.


Thats so interesting, just a shame it's so difficult to read and the words have merged into each other, but maybe it's because I'm on the app...


can it not be " 'S e trom a th' ann" ?


No that wouldn't work with an adjective.


As a matter of interest, is there an adjectival version using is i.e. could you say 'S e trom a th' ann or something similar?


Why can we not write " 's ann trom a tha e" here to also say "it is heavy", just with emphasis?

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