" an scoil os comhair na bialainne."

Translation:The school is opposite the restaurant.

April 13, 2015



Isn't "na bialainne" plural?

April 13, 2015


To elaborate, some prepositions, called "compound prepositions", require the use of the genitive. os comhair is one of these, which is why it's in the genitive and not the nominative.

April 13, 2015


Ok but there was another question where the answer was "os comhair an fhir" It's in singular genitive just like the restaurant here in this question but it's "an" rather than "na". Can you please explain why they are different ??

November 25, 2018

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bialann is a feminine word, and the genitive singular definite article for feminine words is na.

November 25, 2018


No, it’s singular genitive.

April 13, 2015


No, "na bialanna" is the plural nominative, and "na mbialann" is the plural genitive (of the restaurants or the restaurants').

July 13, 2015


What does "os" mean by itself?

February 24, 2016


Means "over" or past x/y. The table at the bottom of this page as 3 other compound prepositions having to do with "os". http://www.nualeargais.ie/gnag/genpraep.htm#abgeleitet

February 25, 2017


This exercise came with the words to choose, but the right English preposition ("opposite" or "across from") wasn't listed. The only prepositions available were "around" and "before". I guessed "The school is around the restaurant" and got it marked wrong, with "The school is before the restaurant" given as correct... but neither of those is correct, is it? Can "os comhair" really mean that? (I reported this as a problem; hope I wasn't wrong to do so.)

September 25, 2016


No, you were right. "Opposite" is there now.

September 14, 2018


How is an scoile and na scoile different?

January 24, 2016


"an scoile" doesn't exist. You have either "an scoil" (nominative singular) or "na scoile" (genitive singular).


August 8, 2019


Why can't I say, "The school is opposite of the restaurant" ?

May 11, 2016


In English we don't say 'opposite of' in this context. You can say, for instance, 'black is the opposite of white', but when opposite is used as a preposition, as here, it is not followed by 'of', but simply by the noun or noun phrase.

May 11, 2016


No doubt, my speech is full of things that we don't say. ;-) ...edited to say, are you a musician? I see the guitar in your avatar?

May 12, 2016


Comhair is pronounced "code"? That's what it sounds like she's saying to me. I thought mh was more of a v sound.

September 3, 2017


When speaking certain dialects, the 'mh' in words is often silent (instead of pronouncing it 'v', so just pretend like it isn't there: co(a)ir.

August 27, 2018


What is wrong with "The school is opposite from the restaurant?" That's how we would say it here.

August 21, 2019


1). The 2nd declension has not only nouns ending slender, but also those ending with eog, óg, or lann (incl. bialann). (http://nualeargais.ie/foghlaim/nouns.php?teanga=)

2). Nouns in the 2nd declension are usually f.

Normally, m. nouns end broad (a, o, u). Exceptionally, bialann and leabharlann are f. (teanglann.ie). Are all words ending in lann f.?

3). *Are words ending in eog and óg also all (exceptionally) f.?

4). Is there a list of m. words in the 2nd declension?/ A rule explaining why they are there? nualeargais.ie mentions im, as well as sliabh. Wiktionary also lists teach.

August 26, 2019


Doesn't "na" cause eclipses in the genative?

October 10, 2019

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Plural nouns are eclipsed after the plural definite article na in the genitive.

The singular definite article for genitive feminine nouns is na, and bialann is a feminine noun.

Singular feminine nouns are not eclipsed after the singular definite article na in the genitive.

October 10, 2019


Are plural feminine nouns eclipsed after the plural definite article na in the genitive? Or just masculine ones?

October 10, 2019

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You're right, eclipsis occurs for both masculine and feminine nouns in that case. I've modified my original response.

October 10, 2019
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