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Dennis Patrick Leyden (142.charlotte-21rh16rt.nc.dial-access.att.net - 12.93.73.142)
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2002 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm back with another question, this time about numbers. Ó Sé & Sheils say that numbers above 20 are counted in much the same way it is done in English: fiche a haon, fiche a dó, .... Dillon & Ó Cróinín, however, suggest a more complicated structure and in which numbers are counted by scores rather than tens. Thus, aon is fiche, dó is fiche, ..., deich fichead, aondéag ar fhichid, .... Which is the dominant way of counting? And is it important to learn both methods at my early stage of study, or is this a fine point that can be come back to later?

Go raibh maith agat!

Dennis

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Aonghus (vpn.northampton.parthus.com - 194.205.191.226)
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2002 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Scores are frequently used for peoples ages, I'd say you will meet both ways of counting.
But learning both ought not to be too hard.

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Dennis Patrick Leyden (118.charlotte-22rh15rt.nc.dial-access.att.net - 12.93.74.118)
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raith maith agat. It helps keep me motivated to know that different ways are both used (and how). I guess Lincoln had a bit of the Irish in him (4 score and seven years ago)!

Dennis

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