"Ar an gCéadaoin ar an Luan?"

Translation:On Wednesdays or on Mondays?

September 9, 2014



So I guess the "An" signifies "this coming Wednesday/Monday", but if you ask "Do you want the wedding on a Monday", would it be "ar Luan"?

September 9, 2014


Nope. ar an before the day indicates habituality (On Mondays, for example). To indicate 'this monday' you'd use Dé Luain

September 9, 2014


Why "Luain" rather than "Luan" in that case?

September 10, 2014


Because it's genitive in that case. 'dé' is the genitive of 'dia', which is an older, now rarely used word for 'day of the week'. It's a set usage.

October 26, 2014


So, shouldn't "on a Wednesday or on a Monday" be accepted?

July 2, 2015


I'd say that'd be without the an.

July 2, 2015


Is it just me or is the audio off? I can't hear the articles.

March 20, 2018

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This speaker tends to elide the n in an. This isn't unusual in ordinary speech, but it's pretty challenging in a learning environment.

March 20, 2018


Lucky you! I didn’t get any sound at all!

June 8, 2018


Why is 'g' in front of "Céadaoin"? Is it the plural of the word?

March 20, 2016


The 'g' in front of Céadoin comes from being eclipsed by "ar an." Any of the prepositions (ag, ar, faoin, leis, ón, roimh, thar, tríd, and um) matched with the definite article "an," (the), means that the word following that preposition + definite article combo becomes eclipsed.

April 19, 2016


What in this sentence makes 'an gCeadaoin" and "an Luan" plural? Doesn't "an" indicate singular? Should it not be "na gCeadaoin" etc. if they're plural?

May 23, 2016


This idiom just happens to be used in plural in English. Scroll up, for "on Monday" meaning this Monday Irish would use Dé Luain, but "ar an Luan" is the habitual form.

June 4, 2016


I really don't understand how this can be plural. Why aren't multiple Mondays na?

January 14, 2017


The Irish idiom translates as an English plural because the Irish idiom refers to habitual actions, despite the day being singular. Some English dialects also use a singular weekday for a habitual action, e.g. “I like to take a walk of a Sunday” = “I like to take a walk on Sundays”.

May 22, 2017
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