Preposition I or IN?

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  • #36567
    Fuinseog
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    In Ó Domhnaill I read the following under I.
    i (eclipses; becomes in before vowels, bhur, dhá, and titles [of books etc.].

    So, if for instance I write ‘i lár an tsamhraidh’ as a title of an article, book etc., should I be writing

    In Lár an tSamhraidh / IN LÁR AN TSAMHRAIDH?

    Neither of them gets a total OK on CEART.

    Grateful for any help with this.

    Fuinseog

    #44065
    Onuvanja
    Participant

    I think what is meant is that “i” becomes “in” when used before the title of a book, etc. In the case you refer to, you would have to write “In “I Lár an tSamhraidh” a léigh mé é”.

    #44069
    Héilics Órbhuí
    Participant

    I think he means the book title is “Lár an tSamhraidh” so he wants to know if it should be “i ‘Lár an tSamhraidh'” or “in ‘Lár an tSamhraidh'”.

    I don’t know the answer to that question (I would assume the latter) but I was previous unfamiliar with that rule.

    #44070
    Onuvanja
    Participant

    Sorry! 🙂 Then it should be “in “Lár an tSamhraidh” a léigh mé é”, etc.

    This is a handy rule, as it dispenses you from having to use eclipsis. Otherwise, you would have to say “I gCré na Cille a léigh mé é seo” (“I read it while buried in churchyard clay”), whereas what you mean is “In Cré na Cille a léigh mé seo” (“I read it in a book titled Cré na Cille”).

    #44072
    Héilics Órbhuí
    Participant

    Makes sense when you put it that way! It’s funny – there are so many rules like this in Irish that I am sure I will still be encountering them years from now.

    #44073
    Fuinseog
    Participant

    GRMA Onuvanja agus Héilics Órbhuí for thr replies.

    Onuvanja’s original reply is indeed what I meant.

    In ‘i Lár an tSamhraidh a’ a leigh mé é.

    Ó Dónaill and De Bhaldraithe are great reads in themselves. Lots of gems of information in them.

    Thanks again
    Fuinseog

    #44074
    Héilics Órbhuí
    Participant

    Welcome. Sorry for adding confusion – I rather misunderstood your intent but I guess it all worked out in the end. 😉

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