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"An t-aláram."

Translation:The alarm.

February 25, 2015



Since this word was probably borrowed from English, how would you say "to raise the alarm" or something to that effect?


Teanglann.ie lists 'gáir a thógáil' as 'to raise an alarm' so 'an gháir a thógáil' would be 'to raise the alarm'


Can someone remind me why this has a hyphen? t-aláram? I also noticed this with t-errach, but I don't think I ever learned why as I only have seen it elsewhere as t-aim

  • 1445

You learned very early in the course that bean becomes an bhean because feminine nouns are lenited after the singular definite article an in the nominative case. But that's not the full story. You can only lenite a consonant. For words that start with a vowel, it is masculine nouns that are marked after the singular definite article, and they are marked with a t- prefix.

aláram is a masculine noun, so you get an t-aláram.


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