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01-09-2019, 21:01   #1
fergalr
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'Tu' vs 'Tusa'?

This is kind of a small issue, but I'd love to get some opinions on use of 'tu' vs 'tusa' (actually 'duit' vs 'duitse').

I know '-sa' is used for emphasis, but I'm wondering how subjective the choice to use it is and when to use it.


Situation:

3 people at dinner table, lets call them A, B, C.

A serves dinner to to B and says "seo duit".
C already has their dinner.
A thinks its pretty obvious they are serving B and says "seo duit".

Which of the following would you say:

1) A should say "seo duitse". That's just the natural thing to do and anything else sounds strange.

2) A should say "seo duit". There's no real reason to add the emphasis and that sounds right.

3) The right thing to say here, "Duit" vs "Duitse", is whatever A feels is best here, there's no right or wrong.

4) Something else.

Love any thoughts on this, this is kind of a hard thing to look up :-)
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07-11-2019, 16:37   #2
An gal gréine
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D'fhág mise Béal Feirste ar a dó a chlog agus shroich mé Áth Cliath ar a ceathair.
I would use 'mise' instead of 'mé' in the first instance if I felt a need to distinguish my departure time from someone else's.
I would then use 'mé' instead of 'mise' in the second instance as I would think it unnecessary to make the distinction again.
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06-12-2019, 18:58   #3
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3 people at dinner table, lets call them A, B, C.

A serves dinner to to B and says "seo duit".
C already has their dinner.
A thinks its pretty obvious they are serving B and says "seo duit".

2) A should say "seo duit". There's no real reason to add the emphasis and that sounds right.
No 2 - no reason for emphasis here.


You'll have to listen to good speakers to work out the actual usage.

In fact I can't think of a situation where you'd ever want to say "seo dhuitse"; but one might exist!
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