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"D'fhágamar an teach agus chuamar go dtí an t-aerfort."

Translation:We left the house and we went to the airport.

January 22, 2015



What is the difference between "D'fhágamar" and "d'imíomar"?


Fág can also be used for leaving something behind, where imigh can only be used to mean "go (away)".


In what context does one use "go" by itself versus "go dti?"


Go dtí is only used with a destination with a definite article or a pronoun — e.g. go dtí an t-aerfort and go dtí é, but go hÉirinn.


this sounds to me as "d'fhagamar a teach/ theach ? Comments appreciated.


I have a similar problem. I kept hearing "a teach" and was disappointed when "We left her house..." was marked wrong. I understand that the "n" sound can frequently get dropped from the definite article in conversational Irish, but this one was particularly difficult to discern.


Yeah, there's no possible way to discern "an teach" and "a teach" here :/


Is "go dtí" a different type of preposition than "ar"? Because I thought I had figured out that as an object of a preposition, you would not have the "t-" in front of a noun that starts with a vowel. But yet here it is. (The other sentence I'm thinking of in another lesson is "I eat breakfast at the airport" and the phrase is "ar an aerfort").


There isn't a single rule that applies to all prepositions. Most, but not all, of the "simple prepositions" cause eclipsis after an (ar and ag do, i and do don't). Some of them cause lenition when there isn't a definite article, some of them don't. Some prepositions combine with pronouns to create prepositional pronouns (agam, romhat, linn, etc), some, like go, don't. Some "derived prepositions" put the following preposition in the genitive case.

So unfortunately there isn't a single one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to prepositions.


Can someone please break down the pronunciation of "d'fhágamar"?

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    "F" is a fricative sound. It is therefore voiceless.

    Lenition occurs, at least in Irish, as a 'softening of sounds', thereby affecting the voiced phonemes of lenitable letters (the usual suspects in Irish - B, C, D, F, G, M, P, S, T).

    Because "F" is already voiceless, when it is lenited, it is softened into no sound at all. "Fh" treated as a silent phoneme in Irish.

    "D'fhag" is therefore pronounced 'dag'. "D + (apostrophe)" occurs when "Do", as a verbal particle - used in negative or conditional - is in front of a vowel ("D'ólfaidh sé" - He will drink) or an "f" ("D'fhreagair tú" - You answered).


    should it not be "D'fhágamar ón teach agus chuamar go dtí an t-aerfort."


    That would be we left from the house, as opposed to we left the house

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