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The Workplace

Complete for 2 points

'S e dreuchd ùr a th' ann

It's a new job

There were a few new words there. 

coinneamh (f) 


dreuchd (f) 


agallamh (m) 


gnothachas (m) 


gnìomhachas (m) 


oilthigh (m) 


oifis (f) 


aig an taigh 

at the house 

air-loidhne (adv) 


And here are some useful phrases if you’re not working.

Leig e dheth a dhreuchd. 

He (is) retired 

Leig i dhith a dreuchd 

She (is) retired 

Tha i a’ leigeil dhith a dreuchd.  

She is retiring. 

Tha mi gun obair an-dràsta 

I am unemployed just now 

nam, nad 

As we’ve seen, when describing our professions, beliefs and nationalities we say that these are in us, using ‘S e … ann (an). As we saw in A1 Cuspair 2 and Cuspair 7: 

preposition + pronoun prepositional pronoun 
ann an + mi = in + me = annam in me 
ann an + thu = in + you = annad in you 
ann an + e = in + him = ann in him 
ann an + i = in + her = innte in her 
ann an + sinn= in + us = annainn in us 
ann an + sibh = in + you = annaibh in you (plural) 
ann an + iad = in + them = annta in them 

An e dotair a th’ annad? 

Are you a doctor?   (literally, Is it a doctor that is in you)

‘S e dotair a th’ annam. 

I am a doctor.   (literally, It’s a doctor that is in me) 

Nach e dotair a th’ annad? 

Aren’t you a doctor? (literally, Is it not a doctor that is in you) 

Chan e dotair a th’ annam. 

I am not a doctor. (literally, It’s not a doctor that is in me) 

We can also use tha and ann an and the possessive pronouns mo, do, na, na/na h, nar/nar n, nur/nur n, nam/nan to say the same thing.  

Preposition + possessive Prepositional Possessive Lenites? 
ann an + mo = nam in my Yes 
ann an + do = nad in your Yes 
ann an  + a = na in his Yes 
ann an  + a/ 
a h- = 
na h (before vowels) in her 
ann an + ar/ 
ar n- = 
nar nar n- (before vowels) in our No 
ann an + ur/ 
ur n- = 
nur n- (before vowels) in your (pl) 
ann an + an/ 
am = 
nam (before b, f, m, p) in their 

And this gives us: 

A bheil thu nad dhotair? 

Are you a doctor?   (literally, are you in your doctor) 

Tha mi nam dhotair. 

I am a doctor.   (literally, I am in my doctor) 

Nach eil thu nad dhotair? 

Aren’t you a doctor?   (literally, are you not in your doctor) 

Chan eil mi nam dhotair 

I am not a doctor.   (literally, I am not in my doctor) 

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