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"Do you run there?"

Translation:An ritheann tú ansin?

February 12, 2015



"Do you run then" is how I thought "An ritheann tú ansin" would translate. "Do you run there" would be "An ritheann tú ann", right? Maybe I've just confused myself in which case sorry for an unnecessary post!


I hope that this reply won’t be more confusing still. “There” meaning “to that place” can translate as either ansin or ann. Ansin in turn can translate as either “there” or “then”, but the latter only in the sense of a sequence of events. “Then” meaning “at a particular time” would be an uair sin, an t-am sin, or ag an am. “Then” to express emphasis or elicit confirmation would be mar sin or más ea, but would probably be written with a comma — “Do you run, then?” An ritheann tú, mar sin?


Is ansin one of the few words that does not follow the slender/slender broad/broad rule?


Couldn't find an etymology dictionary entry for "ansin". However, in another discussion thread Scilling quotes:

"Dinneen’s Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla (1904) shows the spelling as annsin or annsoin, and defines it as “in that; then, there, thereupon”.

Thus one likely explanation is, that this also is a compound word, where the different parts of the word are not adjusted for the slender/slender broad/broad rule.


In Munster Irish, ansin and anseo are often pronounced with a broad s, and are sometimes spelled ansan and ansa.


Ansin-there.Ansin -then. ???


Are dialect forms such as an rithir ansan? accepted on Duo?


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I see, thanks for the info :)

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