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"An tAontas Eorpach?"

Translation:The European Union?

August 28, 2014



Just wondering, I'm too attached to my hearts to try, does it accept "The EU"?


Why is the "A" capitalised and not the "t"?


"Aontas" is a masculine noun meaning "union". When preceded by the singular definite article "an", masculine nouns which start with vowels are given the t-prothesis:


an t-aontas

For capitalisation, we remove the hyphen and capitalise the noun itself so you can easily tell what the word is.

An Taontas Eorpach

An tAontas Eorpach

The latter makes it clear that the word is "aontas" and not "taontas".


I'm under the impression that AN starts a question. If so how can it translate into THE European Union? Wouldn't it be An an tAontas Eorpach?


I wish someone would answer this! I have the same question!

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Before a verb, an is an interrogative particle.

Before a noun, an is the singular definite article. Aontas is a noun.

A "basic sentence" in Irish is "verb subject object", and putting an before the verb turns the sentence into a question - but this isn't a full sentence, because there isn't a verb in it, so the only thing that makes it a question is the question mark.


Can anyone explain why "Aontas" takes an urú here?


The acronym for An tAontas Eorpach is AE from Wikipedia. It's not tE or tAE. Even with the difinite article it's An AE.

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