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"They stayed in the west for a fortnight."

Translation:D'fhan siad thiar ar feadh coicíse.

January 30, 2015



whats the difference between 'thiar' and san iarthar?


Thiar in this sentence is an adverb of position, but iarthar is a noun — thus san iarthar would probably be translated as “in the West” or “out west”, where English would also use a noun (as part of an adverbial phrase) to refer to some context-specific western region. The interesting thing about iarthar is that it comes from an Old Irish compound meaning “the back of beyond”.


This sentence uses 'in the west' so why is 'san iarthar' not accepted? -EDIT: Ah, I see now that it needs to be capitalized.

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