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"Bunreacht na hÉireann."

Translation:The Constitution of Ireland.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/pinkfreud
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How come "bunreacht" doesn't follow the spelling rule for vowels? Is it a compound word?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Yes — bun- + -reacht (“basic” + “law”), like German Grundgesetz.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MharcelCapall
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So all the words that doesn't follow the spelling rules in Irish might be compounded words like bunreacht here?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
scilling
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Yes. Some might be historically compound words that are no longer perceived as being compound words (e.g. arís, which came from Middle Irish afhrithissi ), though it’s possible that recent loanwords into Irish could take time to acquire a nativized spelling.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OliverCasserley

Aréir, is that another one?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
scilling
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Aréir came from irráir, which had a variety of alternate spellings — irōir, arráir, arráer, arāir. It’s possible that it might be related to fáir, but there’s no clear evidence of an etymological source such as ar fháir.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CobaltOakTree
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What in the sentence is telling that the translation should have a "the" at the beginning?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL

The "na" in the middle makes the whole phrase definite.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CobaltOakTree
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I see! What if I wanted to say "Constitution of Ireland" without the "the"? I'm still not sure about how that works.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryLea11
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That I did not know. Thank you.

8 months ago