Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cuid ... demystified

A teacher answered that cuid literally means "a portion of".

Well upon showing the above Rosetta Slide to a friend, she asked me, well how come on the top middle slide the object is plural but the bottom right and left slide, the object is not plural.

This later, and quickly became summed up by another friend who said:

"Cuid" is generally used when you're talking about something that many people may have some of: Money, cows, friends, children, T-shirts, etc. It's even used for certain things about your body, such as blood or hair. When you're not speaking of money or cows or whatever in the general sense, but specifically of that which belongs to you. "Cuid" literally means "share/part/portion."

Cuid is always followed by the genitive singular. So:

Mo chuid airgid: My money (literally "my share of money")

Mo chuid Ășill: My apples (literally "my share/portion of apple")

Mo chuid gruaige: My hair (literally "my portion of hair")

Mo chuid fola: My blood (literally "my portion of blood")

I was so happy to realize it really is that simple! So when you move on to sentences bigger than the basic to be, or "X is" ... this is good early rule to tackle.