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"The men's cats"

Translation:Cait na bhfear

July 6, 2015



Why na bhfear not na fhir


Because the genitive plural of fear is fear rather than fir, and preceding it with na causes eclipsis rather than lenition.


To be exact, the eclipsis is caused by the definitive article preceding the genitive noun. If the noun and the article were in the nominative case, on the other hand, no ecclipsis would be caused. Since both npl. and gpl. of the definite article are "na", we can only recognize the genitive by recognizing the ecclipsed noun.


This is why I'm having a nervous breakdown


These different cats questions are absolutely doing my head in. I can't keep any of them straight and the whys of each answer aren't sticking either.


Here it's in gpl., which always causes eclipsis (irrespectively of the noun's gender) -> bh+fear

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