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446. The phrases which have just been given about morning, evening, &c., are strictly adverbial, and cannot be used as nouns.


Adverbs. Nouns.
dia Doṁnaiġ, on Sunday Doṁnaċ, m.,  Sunday
dia Luain, on Monday Luan, m., Monday
dia Máirt, on Tuesday Máirt, f., Tuesday
dia Ceudaoin’, on Wednesday  Ceudaoin, f., Wednesday
dia Ḋardaoin’,  on Thursday Dardaoin, f., Thursday
dia h‑Aoine, on Friday Aoine, f., Friday
dia Saṫairn, on Saturday Saṫarn, m., Saturday

448. DIA takes the name of the day in the genitive case; it is used only when “on” is, or may be, used in English—i.e., when the word is adverbial.

Dia is really an old word for day. It occurs in the two expressions i n‑diu, to-day; i n‑dé, yesterday. It is now never used except before the names of the days of the week, and in the two expressions just mentioned.

He fell head-foremost, Do ṫuit sé i ndiaiḋ[1] a ċinn.
I fell head-foremost, Do ṫuiteas i ndiaiḋ mo ċinn.
She fell head-foremost, Do ṫuit sí i ndiaiḋ a cinn.
They fell head-foremost,  Do ṫuiteadar i ndiaiḋ a gcinn.
  1. indiaiḋ is a phrase meaning “after,” and is followed by a genitive case.