"Is liomsa an mhairteoil."

Translation:The beef is mine.

August 31, 2014


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  • 1917

Can someone please explain why lenition is used in the phrase "Is liomsa an mhairteoil" and not in "Is leatsa an portán"? I could't find any explanation in the rules.

Go raibh maith agat!

August 31, 2014


If a feminine noun begins with a consonant (other than d, t, s), you must lenite it after the definite article (an).

Feminine nouns:

  • an mhairteoil = the beef
  • an chloch = the stone
  • an fharraige = the sea

Masculine nouns:

  • an madra = the dog
  • an cóta = the coat
  • an fear = the man
August 31, 2014

  • 1917

Thanks! Now I remember reading about it in the rules indeed.

August 31, 2014


I understand that, but is there a way to know if a noun is feminine or masculine? I suppose it's easy to know it if you're familiar with the language, but otherwise...

September 10, 2014

  • 1917

I have found an interesting resource on the subject: http://nualeargais.ie/foghlaim/nouns.php?teanga=

September 11, 2014

  • 410

great resource! thank you!

January 4, 2015


Thanks, it might help.

September 11, 2014


Dictionaries will tell you this like Collins Pocket Irish Dictionary

November 10, 2016


Cá bhfuil an mhairteoil?

December 3, 2014


So, how does one say "I have a beef with you"? :)

February 28, 2016


Offered: "Tá marteoil leatsa agam." (Not guaranteed to be right, though.)

December 6, 2016


You wouldn't use mairteoil to say that in Irish - that would be pure béarlachas.

You could say Tá gearán agam leatsa, but a more common idiom in Ireland might be "I have a bone to pick with you" - tá cnámh spairne agam leatsa.

February 4, 2017


Wrote "I own the beef", it was marked correct. :)

May 28, 2015


I wrote "It is my beef" and it marked it correct. Is there another way to say it such as "Is mo mhairteoil é" ?

April 26, 2019

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It would have to be Is é mo mhairteoil é but the emphasis is slightly different - with it's liomsa é you are declaring your ownership, with Is é mo mhairteoil é you're just describing it.

April 26, 2019


Good Lord, these are increasingly sounding like 'as the actress said to the bishop' jokes.

May 23, 2015


I didn't notice a thing! You must have a filthy or filty mind as they say in dear old oirland Aisling !!!!! I notice you are doing a lot of languages. Have they all got weird sentences as on this course ?

November 10, 2016


For "the beef is yours," would it be "leatsa." Do i just add "-sa" to all the conjugations of "le"?

June 18, 2015


No, you don't just add "-sa". Please do scroll slightly down in the link and review the "contrast form" in the first table:


This article also explains the use of "leis" (as in le an / le na) as well as "lena / lenar" and others, so it is quite relevant for this course.

June 26, 2015


So, in speech would you verbally emphasize it or would that be too redundant?

October 11, 2016


The pronunciation of mhairteoil amazes me.It sounds to me like waastil. I always recognise the spelling but forget the pronunciation !!

November 10, 2016


Tugann sin i mo cheann , "Is liomsa an gcailín", (Pól Mac Cartaine agus Micheál Mac Siacais.) Is fuath liom an amhrán sin!

December 6, 2016


Is mairteoil used only for the living animal, for the meat, or for both? I mean, is there a difference like between pork and pig?

November 14, 2017
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