airson

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Combination of preposition air 'on' and noun son, 'sake'. Before the spelling reform it was still written as two words.

Preposition[edit]

airson

  1. for, for the sake of
    • Tha mi fada nad chomain airson do litreach. - I am much obliged to you for your letter.
    • Tha iad a' coimhead airson taighe ùire. - They are looking for a new house.
    • A bheil thu airson falbh? - Do you want to leave? (literally Are you for leaving?)
  2. (before a verbal noun): desirous of, wanting to
    • Tha iad airson falbh. - They want to go.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The following noun is in the genitive form.
  • When used with a personal pronoun, the appropriate possessive pronoun is put in between air and son instead:
    Rinn Cailean sin air ur son. - Colin made that for you.
    An tèid thu ann air mo shon? - Will you go there for me?

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