dhá

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See also: dha, DHA, and dhà

Irish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish , from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

dhá (triggers lenition)

  1. two
    dhá charr aige
    He has two cars
    dhá dóibhtwo of them (non-personal)
    Bheadh sé níos fearr dá bhféadfadh dhá de na rudaí ag deighilt
    It would be better if two of the things could be separated
Usage notes[edit]
  • Used before nouns; is used when free-standing (counting, telling a row of numerals, etc). The following noun is in the singular nominative (or, in the few cases where distinct duals have survived, the dual nominative (e.g. dhá bhróig – "two shoes", where broga is the plural)) and is always lenited unless preceded by the third-person possessive determiner a, which triggers mutation as if the dhá simply was not there:
  • a dhá chapallhis two horses (lenition)
  • a dhá dteachtheir two houses (eclipsis)
If followed by a pronoun, the pronoun is in the plural.
  • The alternate form is used after the definite article (which is always in the singular), aon ("any"), and céad ("first"):
  • an áit
    the two places
  • aon leabhar
    any two books
  • an chéad bhliain
    the first two years
  • When referring to people, the personal form beirt is used.

Etymology 2[edit]

Lenited form of .

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

dhá

  1. Alternative form of

Contraction[edit]

dhá

  1. Alternative form of

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • "dhá" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • ” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.