The tricky word, “For”

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  • #36439
    Séril Báicéir
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    I always seem to come across a phrase or meaning I would like to express and get hung up on the little words. I want to say, “Thank you for calling me/etc.” How would I say that? I run into this a lot when wanting to express an action or phrase “for” another action.

    Go raibh maith agaibh!

    #43008
    Onuvanja
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    Haigh, a Séril!

    I think you could say “go raibh maith agat as glaoch a chur orm” etc. This topic was lately discussed on the following thread.
    http://www.daltai.com/forums/viewthread/398/

    #43014
    Séril Báicéir
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    Go raibh maith agat! That thread link helps a lot!

    #43015
    Héilics Órbhuí
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    As Onuvanja says, usually if you are thanking someone for something it is “as”, but there many ways of saying one action is “for” another in Irish – I can easily think of half a dozen words or phrases that serve this purpose. It depends on much finer situational criteria than we use in English.

    #43096
    Seáinín
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    There is an excellent exposition of this on the nualeargais.ie site. Navigate from the Gramadach home page at: http://nualeargais.ie/gnag/gram.htm, then take the link for “Chapter 5: The Prepositions” and then the subchapter “Substitutes for the Preposition ‘for'”. Great examples. It would be worth bookmarking, except that the pages within the site don’t seem to have their own individual URLs. Copy-and-paste into a document works.

    #43098
    Héilics Órbhuí
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    Yeah that is an excellent site and the section on prepositional phrases is great!

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