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  5. "D'fhormhór."


Translation:For the most part.

March 1, 2015



what is this, a verb?


It's (probably) the preposition do (could be de), which lenites the following noun, and then becomes d' before vowel sounds.


As galaxyrocker noted, it’s a prepositional phrase rather than a verb.


I am remembering this by its obvious connection to 'mor' (big.) What does 'for' mean in this instance, since I assume it is a preposition that is lenited (as well as leniting 'mor.')


It’s d’ that’s the preposition here. The for- is a prefix with a number of meanings; I’d interpret it as “greater” in this instance.


formhór is "majority". d'fhormhor on it's own is just "for the most part", an idiomatic expression in Irish, just as it is in English. It can also occur in a sentence where it would mean "for most" or "for the majority".

*that resolution is optimal for most drawings" - is é an taifeach sin is fearr d'fhormhór na léaráidí
"construction was the main driver of the economy" - an tógáil a bhí taobh thiar d'fhormhór dul chun cinn na heacnamaíochta


I never hear this word pronounced and its driving me crazy... would it be like doerver?


You can hear the pronunciation of the root formhór by the speaker here on Duolingo, and by speakers in other dialects on teanglann.ie.

In the case of d'fhormhór, you are essentially replacing the initial "f" sound with "d".


Thank you for that link. That will be a lot of help to me!

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