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21-10-2018, 21:11   #1
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ach álainn- is this correct Irish?

My family want to put the phrase "ach álainn" on a gravestone. However, I'm kind of skeptical (despite my limited Irish) on if its correct? They got it from google translate, which I don't trust, and I can't seem to see the phrase anywhere online.



I was wondering if anyone on here could tell me if its right or not?
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It doesn't look right to me at all. What meaning are they looking for?
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It doesn't look right to me at all. What meaning are they looking for?


Beautiful ,or only beautiful. When I said that I thought it was go halainn, someone said that they had seen ach alainn on another gravestone before, but her Irish is even worse than mine.
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Never came across it, only thing I can think of that they might be confusing it with is Áit Áiainn which would be Beauty Spot or a Beautiful Spot/place
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Strikingly( or very ) beautiful is " an-álainn "

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Probably a literal translation from Google as I can't imagine it would have as much input into translation as other languages? Ach meaning just or but, and alainn being beautiful, but not really making sense when used?
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My family want to put the phrase "ach álainn" on a gravestone. However, I'm kind of skeptical (despite my limited Irish) on if its correct? They got it from google translate, which I don't trust, and I can't seem to see the phrase anywhere online.



I was wondering if anyone on here could tell me if its right or not?
Never seen that before. "Just beautiful" would be "Díreach go h-álainn". "Only beautiful" is a bit trickier. It's hard to translate partial sentences.

Maybe "Go h-álainn amháin" or "í go hálainn amháin"?
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Strikingly( or very ) beautiful is " an-aláinn "
or "fíor álainn".
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"Go fíor álainn" = really beautiful

PS make sure the fada is on the first "a" : say, AWL-ing
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