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Lachan vs Lachain

KerrieSalsac
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Dia daoibh!

I know this should be posted under the question's discussion section, but I was in timed practice and missed my chance and now I can't seem to stumble across the same question again.

What is the difference here? When do you use lachan and when do you use lachain?

Tried googling this but got nowhere :-/

Go raibh maith agat!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

So lachain is the nominative plural. You'd use it in cases like Tá na lachain anseo (There's ducks here/Ducks are here).

Lachan is where things get tricky as it's both the genitive singular and the genitive plural. So hataí na lachan can mean either "the duck's hats" or "the ducks' hats". Really, it'd depend on context.

As to pronunciation difference, sadly nobody has uploaded good audio, but in the nominative plural version, the <n> is slenderized (note, this is something that, for the most part, the voice here doesn't do, and part of the reason it's so bad). What this really means is the consonant is palatalized, with the tongue pushed towards the hard palate during pronunciation. Broad consonants, like lachan are velarized, with the tongue pulled back and raised slightly towards the soft palate.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KerrieSalsac
KerrieSalsac
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Ok might take me a bit more time before I can understand all of that, but I understood some and I'm very grateful for such a detailed response :D

Go raibh maith agat!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Fáilte romhat. Má tá aon ceisteanna eile a'd, cuir siad orm.

You're welcome. If you have any other questions, ask me. I'll gladly answer.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jafiki91

Lachain is the plural form.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fe2h2o
Fe2h2o
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Just a note too, that the last time I had a couple of duck questions... I'm pretty sure there was still at least one that had the wrong word (I can't remember which way it went). The hover is correct, but the answer that was looked for was not (based on the whole discussion thread).

3 years ago