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" m'athair sa phríosún."

Translation:My father is in the prison.

May 24, 2015



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Does príosún always requure an article? Every Duolingo use of the word in a sentence always includes the article? Are they all just awkward, bad examples?

Does this sentence mean "my father is in prison" or "my father is at the prison at the moment"?


See the examples in the EID, the FGB, and the NEID.

Given the lack of context, this exercise could have either meaning.


Doesn't Rosie's question really go back to the "sa" vs "ag" discussion?


Why do you put the h in phriosun here but not in other places sometimes?



6 Prepositions

Lenition occurs after the words ar on, de off, den off the, do to, don to the, faoi under/about, ó from, roimh before, sa/san in the, trí through, um around/about.


<pre>don bhuachaill to the boy sa pháirc in the field </pre>

An exception is that words beginning with d, t, s are not lenited after den, don, sa or san.


<pre>den doras off the door sa teach in the house don sú to the juice </pre>


.. . 3 Preposition + Definite Article

Eclipsis occurs after certain prepositions where they are joined by the singular definite article an: .....



•E/L: In the standard, there is generally a choice between lenition or eclipsis after most prepositions + article .

e.g.: ar an mbord/ar an bhord = on the table

•E: In Munster and Connacht, one eclipses after most prepositions + article.

e.g.: ar an mbord = on the table

•L: In Ulster, one lenites after most prepositions + article.

e.g.: ar an bhord = on the table


sa takes a 'h' except for s,t,d


Can't we say "in jail"? What's the difference if there is any?


Given the lack of context, “in jail” for sa phríosún should be acceptable. The difference can vary by dialect; for example, in the USA, “jail” can imply short-term incarceration in a county facility, while “prison” can imply long-term incarceration in a state or federal facility.


I'm American, I've always considered them to be synonyms


Jails are local law enforcement facilities designed to hold those awaiting sentencing, whereas prisons are facilities used for the longterm incarceration of those who have received their sentences. Prisons have more security levels. Many people use them interchangeably, which has become acceptable, but they're still different.


This confuses me a bit. I may be wrong, but I thought 'sa phríosún' would mean 'in THE prison', as opposed to 'i bpríosún' which would be 'in prison.'

Also, I know that in Ireland, certain institutions don't use a definite article when we do in the US, such as the Irish 'in hospital' as opposed to the US 'in the hospital'. Is this true for 'in jail' versus 'in the jail'? In the US, we would use the former, without definite article, typically.


An é an phríosún príosún an Duo?


Is there any way to hear the difference between "My father is in the prison" and "Mother is in the prison" in Irish? Wouldn't "Ta m'athair sa phríosún" sound identical to "Ta máthair sa phríosún?"


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