ceathrar

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish cethrar (four people).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Cois Fharraige) IPA(key): /cæːɾˠ/

Noun[edit]

ceathrar m (genitive singular ceathrair, nominative plural ceathrair)

  1. four people
    ceathrar páistí sa pháirc.
    There are four children in the park.

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Usage notes[edit]

This noun followed by the genitive plural is the usual way of saying ‘four’ when it refers to human beings; it is also sometimes used with other nouns, especially if the things they denote are being personified.

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
ceathrar cheathrar gceathrar
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish cethrar (four people).

Noun[edit]

ceathrar m

  1. four

Usage notes[edit]

  • Only used about persons (cf numerical noun).
  • Following noun is in the genitive:
    ceathrar bhalach - four boys
  • Alternatively, de and the dative are used:
    ceathrar de bhalaich - four boys
  • Prepositional pronouns used are those formed from de and aig
    an ceathrar dhiubh / aca - the four of them
  • Also used on its own:
    Bha ceathrar ann. - There were four.

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