Irish: cad / céard

L'irlandais

Senior Member
Ireland: English-speaking ♂
Hello,

A recent discussion posted here in Other languages got me wondering about the difference between these two words.
If I wanted to say something along the lines of "I am unsure what to do."


Níl mé cinnte cad a dhéanfaidh mé.

Níl mé cinnte céard a dhéanfaidh mé anois.



Any enlightenment welcome.
 
  • Gaelecosse

    Member
    English - Scotland
    I am no expert on Irish, but I believe they are just different dialects.

    cad used in ulster irish

    and céard in certain other dialects, perhaps.
     
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    L'irlandais

    Senior Member
    Ireland: English-speaking ♂
    Thanks for that. You may be right. I am busy trying to improve my written/spoken German at the moment.
    My "native" Irish is having to take a back seat once more as life pulls in a different direction.
     

    Gaelecosse

    Member
    English - Scotland
    I just checked.

    Céard is used in Connemara Irish
    Cad is used in Donegal Irish and in Munster Irish.

    For example:

    Céard é seo? (Connemara) : What is this?
    Cad é seo? (Donegal)
    Cad é so? (Munster)

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    Cad is also the official standard's chosen form, whereas céard is Connemara.
     

    djwebb1969

    Banned
    English - England
    I believe céard and créad also derive from cad é rud, but usage is exactly the same as cad. See also 'séard for is é an rud.
     
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