Which preposition do I use to talk about body parts, hair, eye colour, and the body?
This is just a quick recap. You use different pronouns and prepositional pronouns for eyes, and you can use several to describe any body part, including hair. This looks like a big chunk of information, but relax – you already know this.
Preposition: Eye colour
In English we say we have blue eyes, brown hair, big ears, a long nose or whatever, and in Gaelic we can use aig for this too. Gaelic also uses other prepositions for body descriptions. Eyes can be ‘in you’, and hair is usually ‘on you’.” So for eyes we need the list of ann an prep pronouns:
tha sùilean gorma innte
she has blue eyes
tha sùilean uaine annam
I have green eyes
Here’s the ann an table again.
Preposition: Hair and body parts
For hair, ears and nose, we’ll need the list of air prep pronouns:
tha falt, fada liath orm
I have long grey hair
tha falt goirid, bàn, air Sìne
Jane has short blonde hair
tha sròn fhada, bhiorach air Ruairidh
Derek has a long pointy nose
Here is the air table again:
You can use aig (have) to talk about eyes, hair and body parts. Particularly if they are on other people.
This is generally used to express items which are not physically close to you. There is another way of expressing possession usually used if you are talking about the following:
People close to your heart
We already met this when we were discussing body parts!
The official name for this is the possessive article. If the article has * beside it, the following noun lenites.
Tha mo shùilean gorm
My eyes are blue
Tha d’ fhalt àlainn
Your hair is beautiful