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Càit a bheil an coire agad?

Where is your kettle?

Joy tells us how to say where things, or people, are in the home.

We have enough knowledge of household items and rooms to start talking about where things are located.

Càit a bheil …?

Where is …?

We have come across this question before AND we know how to answer it! Gasta!

Càit a bheil am bòrd agad?

Where is your table?

Càit a bheil an leabaidh agad?

Where is your bed?

Càit a bheil an coire agad?

Where is your kettle?

We know how to ask the question but do we know how to answer it? We do! We learnt the principles of talking about where we live! Math dha-rìribh!

ann an

in a

Use ann an for objects or places without the definite article.

ann an seòmar-cadail

in a bedroom

ann an seòmar

in a room

ann am

in a

Use ann am for place names without the definite article which begin with B,M, F or P. 

ann am preas

in a cupboard

Use ann an for nouns without the definite article which begin with any other letter.

ann an cathair

in a chair

ann an amar

in a bath

We’ve learnt lots of countries which take the definite article An | A’. 

What’s the difference between anns an and ann an?

The difference is anns ann means in the and ann an means in a.

Gaelic nouns take a gender. We are looking at masculine nouns here.

If the masculine noun begins with an add the t- after anns. 

an seòmar

the room

anns an t-seòmar

in the room

anns an t-seòmar-shuidhe

in the sitting room

The an changes to a’ and the noun lenites (or takes an h after the first letter) if it can lenite.

an cidsin

the kitchen

anns a’ chidsin

in the kitchen

What is lenition? 

Lenition means softening and it often means a change in the spelling of a word, by adding an ‘h’ after the first consonant. 

What letters take lenition when you spell them? 

B, C, D, F, G, M, P, S, T 

What letters never lenite? 

Vowels never lenite. The letters d, t and s don’t usually lenite if the word before them ends in an n, and words beginning with sg, sm, sp and st never lenite. 

The an stays on its own in any other circumstance.

an àmhainn

the oven

anns an àmhainn

in the oven

The fancy title for when a noun follows a preposition is the dative case (or the prepositional case) and when we use anns it is with the article