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Torii (sum-p1-140.hitter.net - 207.192.77.140)
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 10:03 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I am trying to learn Irish from a CD program and they have I'm very glad to meet you as "Tá an-áthas orm bualadh leat." and It was nice meeting you. as "Ba dheas casadh leat." My question is why is bualadh ([to] hit) used in the first statement instead of casadh ([to] meet)? Could the first statement be "Tá an-áthas orm casadh leat."?
Thanks
Torii

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Dennis King (donncha.ndip.eskimo.net - 207.54.13.247)
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Yes, although some people would object. There is an idiom using "cas" in the autonomous form that has been steadily falling out of use:

Casadh orm é. = I met him. (implies a chance meeting, not a scheduled get-together)

Instead of that, most people now say

Bhuail mé leis. (for both chance encounters and scheduled meetings)

Or they retain the "cas", but use it like "buail":

Chas mé leis.

That's the way it looks to me, anyway. Opinions may differs, esp. since this is a matter of changing usage.

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torii (sum-p1-151.hitter.net - 207.192.77.151)
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 04:18 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Thank you Dennis

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Pat (webcache09b.cache.pol.co.uk - 195.92.194.19)
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2000 - 08:26 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

and then as the sonhg has it : "A's cé 'chasfaí damhsa ach gruaigeach chinn óir-bhuí."
Pat

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