So this question says that dinner is spelled "dinnear" (sorry I know there is an accent, just not how to make it on my computer), but not dhinnear. I'm a little confused about when an 'h' is added to a word and when it isn't. Many words seem to have a couple spellings, with and without an 'h'. Is there a specific use for the different spellings? or does it change the pronunciation? If no, is there a preferred version of words? I generally have been using the spellings without the 'h' when there is an option.
The root form of the word is the one without the "h". It occurs when the word undergoes a process called lenition, and is required in certain situations because the grammar and results in a pronunciation change. I suggest looking at the lenition skill for examples of where to use it, but generally after feminine words and the definite article (an bhean) and possessive pronouns, like mo
Thanks, that was a good explanation. I'm only about half way through the basics, so I can't look at lenition for a little while :( but now I'm look forward to it.