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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2001 (July-December) » I versus sa « Previous Next »

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James (spider-wk012.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.198.152)
Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2001 - 08:38 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm sure this is a basic question but I need some help none-the-less.

i = in

sa = in

Ta me i mo chonai i ..... Literally, I am in my living in

Ta si sa chistin.....She is in the kitchen.

What's the difference in usage? Why "i" in one place and "sa" in another?

Also, in the phrase "tar isteach" is "isteach" a contraction involving "i" and "teach" or is it a word in and of itself?

Please pardon the paucity of fadas. My computer isn't grasping the concept of cut and paste, tonight.

Go raibh mo agat.

James

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Larry (host213-122-59-86.btinternet.com - 213.122.59.86)
Posted on Saturday, December 15, 2001 - 09:57 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

You use "sa" when you use the definate article, and "sna" for the plural.

Le meas,
Larry

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Colm Ó Dúill (p262.as1.qkr.cork1.eircom.net - 159.134.181.6)
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2001 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Dia Dhuit a James,
Bhuel,

"i" = in (adds an urú)
"in" = in (before a vowel: a e i o u OR f followed by a vowel)
"sa"(i + an) = in THE (adds a h)
"san" = in THE (before a vowel: a e i o u OR f followed by a vowel)
"sna"(i + na) = in THE (for a plural)

Colm.

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James (spider-wn013.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.197.153)
Posted on Sunday, December 16, 2001 - 03:10 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Easy enough. Thanks to you both.

James

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