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The Irish definite article (singular)

For nouns in the singular, the English definite article the is an in Irish. The word an is not used for nouns in the plural.

Examples of the Irish definite article

an chistin
the kitchen
an teach
the house
an bord
the table
an deartháir
the brother
an fear
the man

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Basic words and phrases in Irish

Get by in Irish with these basic Irish words & phrases.

The girl is small.

Tá an cailín beag.

The men are old.

Tá na fir sean.

The man is old.

Tá an fear sean.

The boy is big.

Tá an buachaill mór.

The girls are small.

Tá na cailíní beag.

The houses are big.

Tá na tithe mór.

The horse is big.

Tá an capall mór.

The boys are strong.

Tá na buachaillí láidir.