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"Cén t- am é?"

Translation:What time is it?

December 24, 2014



Should there be a gap between t- and am? To me it shows like that and it might be an error..


No. It is an error.


Go raibh maith agat


There should not be a gap between t- and the noun. The t- indicates that "am" is a masculine noun beginning with a vowel. If it was feminine we would say " Cén am é?".


I realise this was probably explained elsewhere, but why is it "t-am" instead of "am"? Thanks in advance!


What is the verb in this sentence?

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    An is the question form of the copula - An fear é = Is he a man?
    + an is combined into Cén.
    Cén fear é = What man is he?

    So for Cén t-am é

    • Think first An t-am é? = Is it a time? (admittedly not very meaningful)
    • Then Cén t-am é? = What time is it?


    I believe the verb and the definite article are embedded in 'cén'.

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