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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2003 (July-September) » Direct and indirect object pronouns (plus lyric question) « Previous Next »

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Clare L (195.93.34.13 - 195.93.34.13)
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 05:49 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Hiya everyone,


Could anyone tell me what the syntax is for direct and indirect object pronouns?

For example, in the sentences:

I see you
I give a book to you
You give a book to me etc?

Does the direct or the indirect pronoun come first in the sentence?

Also:

In enya's song aithair ar neamh:

Fada an lá, go sámh
Long is the peaceful day
Fada an oích', gan ghruaim
Long is the night without gloom

Why is there no 'is' here? I'm quite new to Irish but shouldn't it be 'is an fada la go samh?'

Also, why is 'ar' used to mean 'in' commonly used in Irish, and which dialect is Enya using?

Many thanks;)
Clare

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Cáit (192.19.194.27 - 192.19.194.27)
Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A Chlár,

I'm not conversant with all the grammatical terms ... so bear with me. Here's what I'd say for your examples:

1) Feicim tú
2) Tugaim leabhar duit
3) Tugann tú leabhar dom.

Generally the (direct pronoun?) follows the verb immediately. I.e. you give - feicim, tugann tú etc.

The (prepositional pronouns?) dom (to me), liom (with me) etc. come at the end.

Le meas

Cáit

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