"An t-aran blasta."

Translation:The tasty bread.

August 4, 2020

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An is the / will / their, so what purpose does the t- serve here??


You might want to read the tips and notes to the Food 2 skill on the masculine article.

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Masculine nouns in nominative singular after the definite article get prefixed t- if they start with a vowel, hence: an t-athair the father, an t-ubhal the apple, an t-ainm the name, etc. (but not in dative or genitive: ris an athair with the father, an ubhail the apple’s, of the apple, anns an ainm in the name).

This t- is actually a remnant of a very old form of the article (which in ancient times had -d- there) but it disappeared in most places and got re-analyzed as a prefix added to the noun.

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