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PostPosted: Mon 05 Apr 2021 10:35 pm 
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"D'ól sé bolgam maith den bhlathach. B'aoibheann leis a ghéire agus a fhuaire a bhí."

I don't understand the construction of the second sentence. Could someone break it down for me?

Go raibh míle maith agaibh :D

Oscar

*sentence from 'An Litir'


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PostPosted: Tue 06 Apr 2021 8:41 am 
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gliaire wrote:
"D'ól sé bolgam maith den bhlathach. B'aoibheann leis a ghéire agus a fhuaire a bhí."

I don't understand the construction of the second sentence. Could someone break it down for me?

Go raibh míle maith agaibh :D

Oscar

*sentence from 'An Litir'


He drank a good mouthful of buttermilk. He loved how sour and cold it was.

B'aoibhinn leis = "was delightful with him" -> he loved, he adored,
a ghéire a bhí (sí)* = "its sourness that was [she]" -> how sour it was (it = buttermilk)
a fhuaire a bhí (sí)* = "its coldness that was [she]" -> how cold it was

géire, fuaire are abstract nouns (of degree), just like méad, laghad or feabhas.
Together with the possessive pronoun a (his / its) they mean "how ..."
A relative clause follows.

e.g. a fheabhas atá sé = how good he is



* () - I would think a subject is necessary here. So is missing in the quote from the book.


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PostPosted: Tue 06 Apr 2021 7:52 pm 
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Thanks, Labhrás. This is enlightening :good:


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