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"The dog."

Translation:An madra.

3 years ago

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Why does it say "an madadh" in the "choose the right word combination" exercise? What's the difference with an madra?

3 years ago

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Madra and madadh are two different words for “dog”.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FruitBat10

I know your comment was two years ago but different parts of Ireland have different variations of Irish. (especially Ghaeltacht areas) For example, my Irish teacher spells "madra" as "mada" and she is from a ghaeltacht area in Galway.

4 months ago

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Shouldn't this one be written (or at least accepted) as 'an mhadra'? If I am not mistaken, madra is a feminine noun - and as such should be written with 'h' after the definite article...

3 years ago

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Madra is masculine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fourpartfox

I know this is a super old comment, but what if one is talking to/about a female dog, such as the family pet? Is the noun still treated as masculine or does it become feminine? "An madra maith" or "An madra mhaith", or something else altogether?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

It doesn't matter. It'll always be masculine. Grammatical gender has nothing to do with biological sex/gender, it's just a way of classifying nouns into various groups.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fourpartfox

Good to know, go raibh maith agat!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tom665063

Madra is masculine

1 year ago