Irish Word a Day - Fear - Man

fear

man

With Article (Singular)

an fear
the man

Example Sentence

Chonaic mé an fear ag rith ar shiúl.
I saw the man run away.


Use your Irish right now. Take this sentence and try out using a different verb - what about I saw the man walk away, or I saw the man laugh/cry/jump/swim?

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Posted Jan 03 2017
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Comments

debra wrote re: Irish Word a Day - Fear - Man
on Sat, Jan 3 2009 12:35

Chuala mé fear ag caint.   I heard a man talking.

Annaclone wrote re: Irish Word a Day - Fear - Man
on Sun, Jan 3 2010 12:37

Ta an fear bocht ag gol. The poor man is crying.

maria919 wrote re: Irish Word a Day - Fear - Man
on Mon, Jan 4 2010 0:57

excuse me Debra, but...'an fear'?  I'm new :)

maria919 wrote re: Irish Word a Day - Fear - Man
on Mon, Jan 4 2010 0:58

nua

Deasun wrote re: Irish Word a Day - Fear - Man
on Mon, Jan 3 2011 22:26

"An fear" refers to a particular man "the man", whereas "fear" is

a man. In Irish, there is no indefinite article, so there is no 'a man' just

man.  For example:

Tá fear beag anseo. There is a small man here.

Tá an fear mór anseo  The big man is here.

seano wrote re: Irish Word a Day - Fear - Man
on Wed, Jan 5 2011 14:08

Haigh, Deasun you're absolutely right. Fear means "man" or "a man" while an fear means "the man". We have given the form with "the" here because sometimes words change their form when they are with "the". So bean (ban) is "a woman" or just "woman", while an bhean (un van) is "the woman".

But the basic form of the word, in this case fear, is given in the bottom right hand corner, opposite the English translation. We could give a list of rules - tables, charts, paradigms and what have you, but it is better to just pick things like this up rather than try to sit down and learn them by rote.

Ádh mór! (Good luck!)

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