Micamaca Registered User

You actually got it perfectly, ethernet. The standard genitive of 'cathair' is 'cathrach', but the example above is different; in the context of two nouns coming together, with the second being in the genitive, but which is followed by the definite article (i.e. 'an'), a 'séimhiú' is inserted, and not the full genitive transformation.

So it looks like I'm in with a chance so... The prize is a subscription to online courses. I could do with a refresher course alright! Not sure how I could split the prize though but have a feeling Ethernet does not need refresher course in Irish anyway...so I may be off the hook

theboat Registered User

And there was me thinking my Irish grammar was fairly solid...

Múinteoir Registered User

theboat said:
And there was me thinking my Irish grammar was fairly solid...

Well, you did know the genitive of 'cathair' alright; most people don't.

Lughaidh_Sheáin Registered User

It is "ar imeall chathair na Gaillimhe".

It would be wrong to write "cathair" or "chathrach" or "cathrach" here.

When you have 3 words in the same group like here, you don't always need to put 2 of the in the genitive case.

imeall + cathair na Gaillimhe > in this case you can't put cathair in the genitive so you lenite it instead.

If you say "ar imeall cathrach na Gaillimhe", it means "on the town-edge of Galway", so you link "imeall cathrach" + "Gaillimh". (a town-edge & Galway).

By the way, "tuiseal ginideach" would be pronounced more like "tishle guin-yidd-yah".
Remember that ch is NEVER pronounced as k in Irish (I mean, when you pronounce it properly! Most Irish people don't pronounce Irish properly because it isn't well taught).

Tchífidh mé sibh

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