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Translation:Scríobhann an cailín ar an bpáipéar leis an bpeann.

December 3, 2014



Is there a pronunciation difference between bpeann and bean? I haven't yet heard any audio for a sentence using bpeann.


I have always heard bpeann rhyming with the English word town or similar to the -awn in pawn.


Yes, that would likely be the case in Munster Irish.


Southern Connacht dialects too, right? To my understanding Munster diphthongizes short a before nn while southern Connacht lengthens it (so bpeann would be like beabhn in Munster and beán in southern Connacht).


Yes, I’d expect /aun/ from Munster and /aːn/ from southern Connacht.


No, they sound the same.

EDIT: They do sound different in Munster Irish.


It isnt really like the English word "bean", is it? Isn't it more like the Irish word "ann" with the English word "be" in front of it? Sort of like the English word "meow" with a "b" at the beginning and an "n" at the end?


I took coreyhus’ question as comparing bpeann to the Irish word bean rather than to the English word “bean”.


Can anyone explain to me why here paipear takes a b after an but in the previous sentence it didn't? 'Leann na buaichailli an paipear'. It would be much appreciated.


It's because of ar not because of an


A noun takes uru when it is preceded by a combination of a preposition and a definite article. So, here it is ar + an + bpaipear, that is preposition + definite article + noun. As you can see, there is no preposition in Leann an buachailli an paipear, so no uru is needed.


It's never quite that straightforward with Irish. While many of the simple prepositions cause an urú after an (the singular definite article), some, such as de, do, i and idir don't.

preposition+plural definite article doesn't trigger any initial mutation in the following noun.


how do I know when to use "le" for with, and when to use "leis"? Leis is for he or it, but I see also sentences where le is used.


le becomes leis before a definite article (an or na) le madra - "with a dog"
le madraí - "with dogs"
leis an madra - "with the dog"
leis na madraí - "with the dogs"

You are correct to note that it is not the same as the masculine 3rd person singular prepositional pronoun leis:
tá madra leis - "There is a dog with him*


thanks for the explaining. I'm going to write this down.


i exxpected lenitan after ar i.e. ar an phapear leis an bpeann


I expected the same: Why is there an eclipse instead of a lenition at the word " páipéar"? An answer would be highly appreciated


After certain prepositions + an the following noun is eclipsed - therefore ar an bpáipéar and leis an bpeann. (ag an, ar an, faoin, leis an, ón, roimh an, thar an, tríd an, um an).



Why isn't "cailin" lenited? It is feminine and follows the definite article!

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