beagan

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

beag +‎ -an (compare Irish beagán, Manx beggan)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

beagan m (genitive beagain, no plural)

  1. a few, a small number
    beagan mhionaidean ― a few minutes
    an ceann beagain làithean ― at the end of a few days
  2. a little, a small amount, bit, a bit
    beagan uisge ― a little water
    beagan bìdh ― a bit of food

Usage notes[edit]

  • Followed by the genitive case, de and the dative case, or a prepositional pronoun derived from de:
    beagan ime / beagan de dh'ìm - a small amount of butter
    beagan dhinn - a few of us
  • Used where English uses determiner, adverb or pronoun.
    beagan chàirdean - a few friends
    beagan dhiubh - a small number of them
    beagan nas sine - a bit older / slightly older
    beagan nas slaodaiche - a little more slowly
    Tha i dìreach beagan is còig ceud meatair. - It’s just a little over five hundred metres.
    Tha airgead aig beagan. - A few [people] have money.
    Bha e doirbh airson bheagain. - It was difficult for a few.

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