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6 thoughts on “Plural of nouns”
0/10 learned nothing because I couldn’t get over how pretty the accent was. I’m pretty sure I’d only be able to learn irish from a corkman
halò a chàirdean. tha sibh neònach.
Many thanks for this very informative lesson. I know now off the bat that words ending in:
óg or eóg get an “a” at the end in plural form.
ach change to aigh in the plural form.
But how do I pick between the others. e.g. are there nouns that have a particular ending that hints at whether we should add the:
3) acha /eacha
4) or making the noun slender
And is there a known number of irregular plurals.
Many thanks in advance, Majella
that really helped showing how to change to plurals especially with the broad and slender vowels and what ‘goes with what.’ That makes more sense now. I remember from school what kind of ‘sounds right’ but I didn’t have the rules for them. The part though that confused me was when you changed a broad vowel-ed word to slender to make it plural. I think one example was Leabhar to Leabhair… but why could we not change leabhar to Leabaracha??? Something like that??? and then I understand that maybe you can’t do that because ‘you just can’t’ lol but then why wouldn’t I turn all broad consonant words into slender words to make them plural?
Niall, a chara,
I’m glad you found it useful 🙂
As you said, it is kind of one of those instances where you just can’t. Some nouns are made plural by adding ‘acha’ or ‘anna’ to the end of the singular form, and others are made plural by slenderizing the singular form. If you are ever unsure, go to teanglann.ie, look up the word, go to the grammar database and you will find the plural version.
Halòòò a charaid. Tha mi a´ smaoineachadh gur an duine is neònaiche a th´ annad gu pearsanta. Tha mi a´ smaoineachadh gu bheil Gàidhlig nas fheàrr na Gaeilge mar sin tosaich ag ionnsachadh Gàidhlig, not Irish.