The Definite Article

4. The definite article in the nominative case - an t-

4. (a)

an t- is used before masculine nouns beginning with a vowel.

The definite article

The definite article
Indefinite formDefinite formMeaning
adhbharan t-adhbharthe reason
eachan t-eachthe horse
iarannan t-iarannthe iron
òranan t-òranthe song
uisgean t-uisgethe water

4. (b)

an t- is used before feminine nouns beginning with sl, sn, sr, or s + vowel.

The definite article

The definite article
Indefinite formDefinite formMeaning
slatan t-slatthe rod
snàthadan t-snàthadthe needle
sràidan t-sràidthe street
seacaidan t-seacaidthe jacket
sleaghan t-sleaghthe spear
snèapan t-snèapthe turnip
srònan t-srònthe nose
suipearan t-suipearthe supper