Heather (dialup-ip-206-107-177-154.oro.rmci.net - 18.104.22.168)
|Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 09:21 am: ||
Can anyone tell me if in Gaelic, when you're making a complex sentence, is it like English(noun and then adverb/adjective), or is it like Spanish (Adverb/adjective and then the noun)? I am confused, because after studying Spanish for two years, I realize how different sentence structure can be in a foreign language.
I appreciate any responses.
Seosamh (1cust121.tnt68.nyc3.da.uu.net - 22.214.171.124)
|Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 11:46 am: ||
Adjectives come after a noun:
bean mhór * a big woman
fear mór a big man
cnoc ard a high hill
lá breá a fine day
oíche bhreá * a fine night
* feminine nouns lenite the following adjective.
Some adjectives are placed before the noun, in which case they become part of a single compound word and usually lenite the following noun:
seanmhadadh an old dog
seancharr an old car
drochphingin a bad penny
Heather (csnd021p01.snd.micron.net - 126.96.36.199)
|Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 05:10 pm: ||
Thank you so much! That really helps me a lot.
Heather (dialup-ip-206-107-177-195.oro.rmci.net - 188.8.131.52)
|Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 09:25 am: ||
And what exactly does Níl mean?
Seosamh (1cust218.tnt67.nyc3.da.uu.net - 184.108.40.206)
|Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 04:04 pm: ||
'Níl' means 'isn't'. It is the negative form of 'tá'.
An bhfuil pláta ar an mbord? Is there a plate on the table?
Tá, tá pláta ar an mbord. Yes, there is a plate on the table.
Níl, níl pláta ann. No, there isn't a plate.
(Notice that there is no word for 'yes' or 'no' in Irish. Instead the verb is repeated.)