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The Weather

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A bheil ceann goirt air?

Does he have a sore head?

All this wind and rain might be giving you a sore head, so let’s use structures we’ve already learnt to talk about what’s wrong.


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A bheil … air?

Does he have a … ?

This literally translates as ‘is a … on them?’. 

A bheil ceann goirt oirre?

Does she have a sore head?

A bheil ceann goirt air?

Does he have a sore head?

A bheil ceann goirt ort?

Do you have a sore head?

We already know this structure. 

In Gaelic if someone is suffering from a physical ailment, we state that it is physically on them! We’ll meet this concept in the future with thirst and hunger. It means we can use our old friends the prepositional pronouns. 

air + mi orm on me 
air + thu ort on you 
air + e air on him / it 
air + i oirre on her / it 
air + sinn oirnn on us 
air + sibh oirbh on you  
air + iad orra on them 

We also use the same prepositional pronouns if we want to know what is wrong with someone.  



Dè tha ceàrr?

What’s wrong?

Dè tha ceàrr air?

What’s wrong with him?

Dè tha ceàrr oirre?

What’s wrong with her?

Dè tha ceàrr orra?

What’s wrong with them?

As this question has a tha in it, we know how to answer it.