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"Ritheann an cat timpeall na bialainne."

Translation:The cat runs around the restaurant.

December 1, 2014



Does this sentence mean "the cat runs around within the restaurant (upsetting the diners)" or "the cat runs around the actual building of the restaurant (upsetting the passersby)? Or can it mean both.


It can definitely mean within but I'm not sure about the other


why is it na instead of an when it is only one restauran


timpeall requires the use of the genitive case. In the genitive case, singular feminine nouns use na.


thank you once again for your prompt helpful reply


Is there any logic for "timpeall" requiring the genitive case ??


Think of it as "a circuit" - "the cat runs a circuit of the restaurant".


timpeall was originally a noun.


What did he take this time?


How would it be if it were plural restaurants?


I believe it would be "Ritheann an cat timpeall na mbialann."


Go raibh maith agat. That was my question too.


Na bialainne nó an bialanne?


na bialainne.

Feminine nouns use na as the singular definite article in the tuiseal ginideach/"genitive case".

You can see the declension of the noun bialann on teanglann.ie.

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    Could you use the preposition for around ("um") so that it would be "Ritheann an cat um na bialainne"? Or would that mean something else? ALSO: what would the Nominative Case for this sentence be? Because I thought that the Genitive Case is suppose to show a relationship between 2 nouns? To me this sentence sounds like it is in the Nominative Case, not the Genitive... Am I missing something?


    Sentences aren't in cases, nouns are. When you put bialann in the genitive case, it becomes bialainne.

    The other nouns in the sentence are cat (genitive cait), and timpeall and it is the relationship between timpeall and bialann that puts bialann in the tuiseal ginideach.


    my dictionary says timpeall is a preposition and a noun, but it seems to me that it is being used as a preposition here because it calls for the genitive case following it. Does it call for genitive case when used as a noun?

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