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# "Tá sé leathuair tar éis a dó."

Translation:It is half past two.

3 years ago

Crooty
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Do I have to use "leath" with "i ndiaidh" and "leathuair" with "tar éis"?

3 years ago

That is correct. leath with i ndiaidh and leathuair with tar éis

3 years ago

Crooty
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Is there also a rule for "go dtí" and "chun"?

3 years ago

There doesn't seem to be. FGB lists both ceathrú chun a sé and ceathrú go dtí a sé.

3 years ago

Crooty
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Hmm I realize now that "leath" probably means "half", and "leathuair" mean "half an hour"! :)

3 years ago

khmanuel
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Does tar eis mean after and I ndiaidh mean past?

3 years ago

scilling
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They both mean “after“, but “half past” is used more often with telling time in English than “half after”.

3 years ago

khmanuel
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True! Thanks.

3 years ago

What is the distinction between "i ndiaidh" and "tar éis"? The hover suggestions are the same: past or after.

3 years ago

balbhan
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I think: "tar éis" = "comes after" and i ndiaidh = "in succession"

3 years ago

Thanks!

3 years ago

Yep, I do remember. Telling time was always a mouth full, and a bit of a tongue twister. :)

3 years ago

Grandtricia
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Could someone please explain why 'a' is needed before 'dó'?

3 months ago

The cardinal numbers up to 19 are always used with the numeral particle a, unless they are used to denote a specific number of items.

You've probably encountered the exercise for A haon, a dó, a trí, a ceathair, a cúig, a sé, a seacht , a hocht, a naoi agus a deich as well as various other exercises asking you to translate shorter series of numbers.

These "bare" numbers (maoluimhreacha) are also used to tell the time, and they use the numeral particle.

Note that you say a dó a chlog or a ceathair a chlog, whereas you say dhá mhadra or ceithre chat when specifying how many there are of a thing.

3 months ago