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Cormac Ó Donnaile (195.67.112.150 - 195.67.112.150)
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 05:15 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

In the answer the translation exercise, number 10, 'fear Bhríd' is used.

B'fhéidir go bhfuil bean Pháidín agus fear Bhríd anseo.

That can't be right since 'fear' is masculine, or am I missing something?

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Pat (67.192.228.39 - 67.192.228.39)
Posted on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 06:27 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I think you're thinking of the behavior of an adjective after a masculine noun - you're right, it is not lenited:

fear maith - a good man/husband (masc.)
bean mhaith - a good woman/wife (fem.)

But Brid is not an adjective, it is a proper noun (in this case, a name). Proper nouns following/ in a genitive relation to another noun are lenited, regardless of the gender of the first noun.

Another way of explaining this is that when something belongs to a person, that person's name is lenited to show possession:

fear Bhrid - Brid's husband (masc.)
bean Bhrid - Brid's wife (fem. - only possible in certain states of the U.S.!)

I hope this helps.

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Cormac Ó Donnaile (195.67.112.150 - 195.67.112.150)
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 06:41 am:   Edit Post Print Post

makes sense :)

go raibh maith agat.



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