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THE…Breakdown

August 18, 2016

In the next few days, I’m going to focus on the four variations of THE, as outlined in Write Your Own Grammarly.  Hopefully, looking at this in sevearl ways helps me really learn the rules behind the.  Hopefully it’s helpful to others, too.

He breaks the rules for THE down into only four.  I’m starting with the most common, those in dark blue.

vosika blog gaelic THE

[Reminder, this is not my work.  The chart above was created by Alexander at Write Your Own Grammarly.]

In the dark blue boxes, which cover most cases, the rules are this:

  • an most of the time, except
  • a’  plus lenite the following word if the initial letter of the noun starts with b, c, g, m, p
  • am plus lenite the following word if the initial letter of the noun starts with f
  • an t- if the initial letter of the noun starts with sl, sn, sr, or s + vowel

I can remember these four things! An most of the time, a’ lenite for b, c, g, m, p; am lenite for f; an t- for all those words!

When do I follow these rules?

  • ONLY for singulars
  • Masculine dative and genitive
  • Feminine nominative and dative

We’ll spell out nominative, dative and genitive later. For now, just this particular set of rules for the.

Today on my other blog: Feast and Famine: A Very Brief History of the Carrickfergus Feast of 1316  There was cannibalism involved!  You can’t pass this one up!  (It’s not graphic, don’t worry, really, it’s safe to read!)

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