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" ocht mbuachaill déag ag imirt."

Translation:Eighteen boys are playing.

January 18, 2015



Oh my! Can someone explain about splitting the number like this? How do you know it isn't eight teenage boys playing? How do we know that "déag" modifies "ocht" and not mbuachaill? Thank you!

January 18, 2015


Basically, for numbers greater than 10, the form is "x subject (is) y", if the form of the number is "yx", and using is if it's greater than 20.

So, twenty-two boats: dhá bháid is fiche

I really suggest reading here and looking at the examples.

January 18, 2015


Déag is a noun, not an adjective. “Eight teenage boys playing” would require the sentence to change to either Tá ocht mbuachaill ina ndéaga ag imirt or Tá ochtar buachaill ina ndéaga ag imirt. (I’m surprised that the original sentence didn’t use the personal number form.)

January 19, 2015


I don't think you use it for numbers above 12. At least, Gramadach na Gaeilge isn't showing it being used.

January 19, 2015


You’re absolutely right — 12 is the highest number with its own personal number form.

January 19, 2015


Can anyone explain why "mbuachaill" is singular when there are 18 of them?

June 2, 2015


For numbers, people use the genitive plural form. Most other nouns use the singular.

June 12, 2015


I got it right!!! :) I'm starting to remember this. :)

June 27, 2015


Bet you, if you tried today, you'd forgotten half of it. Have a lingot though ;-)

July 21, 2015


Go raibh maith agat. :)

July 22, 2015


I once saw the 31st (as in the date) written as ' an t-aontú lá déag is fiche' (the eleventh day and twenty!) You'll also hear things like 'trí scór go leith' to mean seventy (three twenties and half a twenty!) You gotta love it.

August 27, 2015


That reminds me of French, which also likes to count by twenties.

November 30, 2018


So, numbers here are just as hard as in Welsh. sigh

April 3, 2015


If you are saying, the boys are playing [football], then the verb "ag imirt" makes sense. But if the boys are children and they are just playing - i.e. not playing a particular sport or cards - then the verb should be "ag súgradh".

January 12, 2018


Why is mbuachaill eclipsed?

June 18, 2019

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It's eclipsed because it comes after ocht.

June 18, 2019


1-6 lenition 7-10 eclipse ?

June 18, 2019
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