I don't understand how you can distinguish between " the cat of my son" and "a cat of my son" if you don't use an?
- “The cat of my son” = “My son’s cat” = Cat mo mhic (genitive)
- “A cat of my son” = Cat do mo mhac (dative)
interesting... have you a link for this so I can add to my bookmarks, cheers
Sorry, I meant any references for the case where the dative replaces the genitive when specifically used with a noun sans definite article, as per "a cat of my son". And thanks!
“My quarter of the apple” is only mo cheathrú den úll, not mo cheathrú an úill.
Blas an úill is “the taste of the apple”; blas den úll is “a taste of the apple”.
Go raibh maith agat, A shcilling!
Yes, I can see here how the indefinite article + noun can be considered partitive, so it fits this scheme.
Also it seems from this reference as if the partitive dative is also a possible subtitute for the the partitive genitive, when the first noun is definite?.....
my quarter of the apple = mo cheathrú an úill = mo cheathrú den úll ?
However the dative can only replace the genitive in the partitive aspect?
the taste of the apple = blas an úill != blas den úll
where "!=" means "is not equal to"
"mac" is of the first declension
confirmed by the dictionary, which also shows its masculine...
rules for first declension are here
so far, "mac" nom. sing. has modified to "mic" gen. sing. Now final rule: possessive pronoun "mo" causes lenition / eclipsis.
Using a plural form to denote singular genetive and a singular form to denote plural genetive is completely crazy! :-) No wonder Vikings went berserk in Ireland. Don't blame them. I am about to go berserk myself! :)