The Definite Article

3. The definite article in the nominative case - a'

a' is used in front of feminine words beginning with the consonants b, c, g, m and p. When you put a' in front of feminine words beginning with the consonants b, c, g, m and p, you also insert an h after the initial consonant, eg a' bhanais, a' bhean.

The definite article

The definite article
Indefinite formDefinite formMeaning
banaisa' bhanaisthe wedding
bàirneacha' bhàirneachthe barnacle, limpet
bana-phrionnsaa' bhana-phrionnsathe princess
caileaga' chaileagthe girl
cailleacha' chailleachthe old woman
camhanacha' chamhanachthe dawn
gainmheacha' ghainmheachthe sand
gealacha' ghealachthe moon
glainnea' ghlainnethe glass
miasa' mhiasthe bowl
mina' mhinthe meal (cereal)
misneachda' mhisneachdthe courage
pòcaida' phòcaidthe pocket
poita' phoitthe pot
pròisa' phròisthe pride