-i

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Forms: -i

suff. pron. s. m. and n. Somet. used instead of inf. pron. to express acc. relation after 3 s. abs. act. indic. and occasionally, ipv. Occurs less frequently with indic. pres. pl. 3. According to Strachan, ZCP ii 484 ff ., the formation belongs mainly to the period 800-950. See Celtica xii 75-107 .

1 firianichthi (=firianigid-i) a hiress `his faith justifies him', Wb. 2b28 . berthi (leg. bérthi, Ed.) leiss co cenn `He will bear it with Him to the end', 23a19 . air ní pridches-som hua briathraib comallaidi `he fulfils it', Ml. 94b1 . conoscaig in gae ┐ saidsi ... hi talmain, 55c1 . ? ni n-aithgeuin ┐ leicsi huad, 52 . foidsi Sechnall ó ru-an .iii. aithgi lais S. sent it, Thes. ii 242.13 (Ardm.; but see s.v. fadéin II (c) and Ériu xxxiii 169 ). berrsi Pátricc ┐ baitzisi `P. tonsured him and baptised him', 241.14 (do.). arpeti cech díne `every group sings it', Fél. Ep. 79. suigthe sīs i fudomhoin it sucks him down, Corm. Y 323.7 . ... a delg asa brut ┐ clandti inda gruaid, Mon. Tall. 150.27 . hicsai Brig a firinde a firbreathaib `Brigh ... cured him', Laws iv 16.1 . carthai Findabair ... ara irscélaib, TBFr. 10. tic ... Li Ban dia saigid Loíg ┐ geibthi ar gúalaind, LU 3351. bentai frisin corthe inna farrad, 5013 = benta, TBC-I¹ 524. ut uidit Patricius illum sloicsi in talam sís, Trip.² 1504. beirthe (=beirit-i) iarum Amairghin ┐ Findchāemh, ZCP v 504.7 . Used instead of -s- referring to a fem. noun : feraib (leg. feraid, Ed.) Labraid fáelti fríu ┐ fersi in bantrocht uli, LU 3778. geibthi Lóeg íarom cloich, 3278 .

Somet. has reflexive sense: oenichthi-som híc frisna hireschu `He unites Himself híc to the faithful', Wb. 32d8 . ní i ssíansib spiritáldib móiti `not in spiritual senses does he boast him', 27a29 . gabsi cadessin abbaith `he took himself (as) abbot', Thes. ii 242.21 (Ardm.). sīnithi iarum co memdadar in dā liicc robādar imbi he stretches himself, TBC-I¹ 442.

2 Commonly used pleonastically, anticipating

(a) a follg. subst. or pron. : foilsigthi in spirut andsom a rrath ... `the Spirit manifests in him the grace ...', Wb. 12a7 . gebthi Loegaire iarom in roth ┐ nos cuir i n-arda, LU 8844. cāinti inn dūnad uile intī Frāech, TBC-I¹ 758. airigthi Ailill ┐ Medb annīsin, 228 .

(b) a follg. phrase : arbertai congabad dú hitá Céll Glass they propose ..., Trip.² 1901.

3 Used with some vbs. of motion and a few othe vbs. to express a sort of cognate acc. : dia luid Duaid for longais re Saul luide iarum dia thosun `he went afterwards to pursue him', Ml. 55c1 . ní ind fessin eirbthi `it is not in himself that he trusts', 51b12 . luidi síar co Cruachain, IT ii2 216.3 . ní na[d]-tét do menma-so, tēti menma neich aili, ScM. § 3.13 . teiti ind ingen leis let the girl go with him, LU 5870. foraithmenatharsom la sodain a foramcliss ┐ lingthi i n-ardi, 9105 . maiti imbisom in dabaich hīsin, TBC-I¹ 723. budigthe fri hEtáin co mór a ndorigni, IT i 128.30 . dlútai in cath di alailiu `one company closes with the other', MU² 1005. mutti (=maidid-i) íarom in cath for Érnu, 1023 . cingthe secha `he passes by him', ZCP iii 212 § 24 .

4 Like inf. pron. has dat. sense when used with subst. vb. : bóithi ind fáelte chétna `he had the same welcome', Imr. Brain i 53.13 .

When -i was added to a 3 pl. form, the -t of the ending was sometimes repeated, e.g. bertit alaili combad spirut nóib robói in profetís `some take it', Wb. 13a16 . gebtit iudei i n-apid `will receive him as lord', 26a8 . scérdait far n-óendili i fat, TBC-LL¹ 2796.