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" leathuair tar éis a dó."

Translation:It is half past two.

October 17, 2014


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


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

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


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

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


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


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.


Very good.

On a side note Satharn is "Maol"used to describe baldy people in Irish?

Ive come across it when reading about the major players at the battle of Clontarf.

Maol mórdha and Mael Sechnaill mac Domhnaill.



Does tar eis mean after and I ndiaidh mean past?


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


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


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


I have always thought of diaidh as "after/following" and tar éis as "after/past".

So "Half an hour after/past 3", or "half after/following 3"


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

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