Why is the plural for woman mna when the singular is bean?
Sound changes from Old Irish and before. And collapse of other paradigms.
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do-do do-do-do ma Na mná.
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Is "mna" pronounced like "na" or just as it stands?
it's ná with a fada, so it'll sound different than na the article.
That said, in Connacht and Ulster that /n/ has become an /r/, so it's pronounced as if it were written mrá
In Munster dialect(s) then, is the n pronounced as written? Thanks!
As far as I know, yep.
all the plurals usually relate to the singulars yet the plural for woman does not e.g. fear fir yet bean and mna
When do I use Na and when An?
"Na" is for when something is plural, for example "Na mná" (The women). "An" is for when something is singular, for example "An bhean" (The woman).
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