"Dè an uair a tha e? Aon uair deug."
Translation:What time is it? Eleven o'clock.
- dè what?, what is? – the question word, in Gaelic such question words work as a copula (to be) verb, so dè means what is? rather than just what?,
- an the – the feminine sg. definite article,
- uair hour – feminine noun in nom.sg.,
- a – relative particle, roughly equivalent to English that, which, etc., introduces a relative clause,
- tha is – present independent form of the bi to be verb,
- e it, he – pronoun,
literally: what-is the hour that it is?
The question has two parts: dè an uair…? what is the hour…?, and the relative clause a tha e that it is. It is one of the few exceptional cases where one uses tha in Gaelic to directly state what something is (instead of expected a th’ ann; other such case would be dè (a) tha seo? what is this?, lit. what-is-it that this is?).
The structure is similar to questions like dè an t-ainm a th’ ort? what is your name?, lit. what-is the name that is on-you?.