See also: snä, snã, and -sna



Etymology 1Edit

From earlier ins na, from Old Irish isna, from Proto-Celtic *in sindās (in the pl accusative).

Alternative formsEdit


sna (triggers h-prothesis)

  1. Contraction of i + na.
    Tá sí ina cónaí sna hIndiacha Thiar.
    She lives in the West Indies
Usage notesEdit

This contraction is obligatory, i.e. *i na never appears uncontracted. Triggers h-prothesis of a following vowel.

Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Extracted from a reinterpretation of ins na as in sna


sna (triggers h-prothesis)

  1. (Munster) Alternative form of na (the pl)
Usage notesEdit

This form is found after the prepositions aige, de, do, and ó, especially in older texts. In modern texts, aiges na has the s on the preposition, while desna, dosna, and ósna are more commonly written as single words—to the extent they are found at all, since they occur only in Munster dialect and are not part of the standard written language.