>but the rule is wrong, on several counts:
>(i) Pronouns are usually fronted by "Is", not by "'S e".
Well... it's the same verb (is) - just in different guise. And actually you
*can* front a pronoun with 's e, it's just not as common.
>(ii) Adjectives are fronted as often by "Is" as by "S ann",
I always took that as a somewhat archaic construction, most commonly found
in fixed phrases like "'s mór am beud", "'s bochd sin". I don't think native
speakers would regard "'s uaine an càr" as "normal"
>Don't let the rule mislead you into saying "'S ann
>toigh leam cofi" instead of "Is toigh leam cofi"!
Well no, since it's at the start of the sentence already, it cannot be
fronted any further ; ) Besides, toigh/toil is a noun.
>(iii) 'Sann doesn't front verbs, because they would be
>at the front anyway without it: In a sentence like "'Sann tha i tinn"
>'Sann is not fronting "tha", it is being used to make teh whole
>sentence more emphatic, not just one word of it.
Agreed. Although you can resort to using dèan + vn to front a verb for
Bhris e a' chathair
'S e briseadh na cathrach a rinn e
That one always reminds me of the Manx constructions actually...
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