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"These are two dogs."

Translation:Seo dà chù.

February 15, 2020



Why are 'dogs' chù after dà but coin after tha?


Two separate things are happening here. Firstly the causes lenition (i.e. the h). Secondly we do not pluralize after for historical reasons (millennia ago).

The n in coin has not been added in the plural - it was there in the first place (compare French chien, Latin canis, English canine). It has just fallen off in the singular.


The numbers one and two use singular nouns due to an archaic, now defunct, counting system.

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