With this sentence, pláta is spelled with a b, and with another (ithim ar do phláta), it's spelled with a ph. I do not understand this inconsistency with the eclipsis. Could someone explain?
There are different situations where lenition and eclipsis are used. You will see fuller information in the "Tips and notes" for those skills, but here are two relevant examples for your question:
- Lenition is used after the possessive adjectives my, your (singular), and his: mo phláta, do phláta, a phláta.
- Eclipsis is used after the phrase ar an (on the), for example ar an bpláta. It is also used after a lot of similar phrases where you have a preposition followed by the word an: ag an bpláta, leis an bpláta, roimh an bpláta..
Thanks a lot! I hadn't started the lenition lesson yet when I asked, but now that I've gone through both the lenition and eclipsis lessons, it all makes a little more sense. :)
This is not accepted because of the definite article ("an") used in the a Irish sentence.
so if i had written "there is THE chicken on the plate" (which sounds weird to me ^^) it would have been correct/accepted?
Ah, but it is correct English. See my example, below, for a perfectly natural context. Does it mean what the Irish says, though? If not, how would the following be said in Irish?
"I don't see any food on the table." "There is the chicken on the plate."
In that specific instance you would need to be pointing out a specific circumstance directly in front of you, whereas this Irish sentence doesn't necessarily imply that immediacy. that's the main flaw in the translation I can see.
the speaker pronounced "ar" as "ed" - in other sentences it sounds like "ar" - why this time was it definitely "ed"? (Because that was impossible for me to translate by sound.)
Pointed this out on a similar question in this set where the same mistake is made, but it sounds in the recording like she's saying "ar a bpláta" which means "on their plate". Is their a particular reason why the n in "an" isn't being enunciated before bpláta (especially since it very clearly is earlier in the sentence)?
Seems like the two stops (N and B) get run together. Bet if/when they do a turtle speed audio we'll hear it.