" a pasta ar an bpláta."

Translation:Her pasta is on the plate.

April 23, 2015



Why is this "Her pasta is on the plate" and not "His pasta is on the plate"?

April 23, 2015


So there's three possessive a (meaning his, her, their). The way you determine which one is which is from the mutation on the following word (or context depending).

  • a meaning 'his' lenites the following consonant, and does nothing to a vowel, so you get things like a phasta and a úll.

  • a meaning 'her' does nothing to the following consonant, but prefixes 'h' to a vowel, so you get a pasta and a húll.

  • a meaning 'their' eclipses the following consonant, and adds 'n-' to a vowel, leaving you with a bpasta and a n-úll

Hope that helps clear things up!

April 23, 2015


Thanks, galaxyrocker!

February 9, 2019


I screenshot this - thank you!!!

March 25, 2019


At the risk of sounding like a complete rock, I still don't understand.

May 12, 2019


Holy mother of god this is soooo confusing

May 29, 2018


Yes .it most certainly is...

July 31, 2018


Little things like that wreck one's head

May 1, 2018


How on earth do you remember this especially when you don't really understand the grammar in the first place? I thought lenition was something to do with a car.

September 25, 2018


That doesent make sense

April 2, 2017
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