1 ro, ru

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Forms: ra, doràla, ri, dogní, dorigéni, dorigni, re, relic, reilced, níro, náro, coro, nír, nár, cor, ro, doro-r-ban, duforbad, do-r-airngert

preverb used with various forms of a finite vb. whether simple or compound; lenites follg. consonant except, in Old Irish, when in pretonic position. (Its use as a fixed preverb in the composition of many compd. vbs. is not dealt with here). Under the accent it somet. assumes the form ra, e.g. doràla (= do-ro-la); and in O.Ir. becomes ri in the vb. dogní (pret. 3 s. dorigéni, dorigni); with léicid, re (ní relic , Ml. 23b4 , nach reilced , 49a10 ). It is often attached as enclitic to a conjunct particle: níro, náro, coro, later nír, nár, cor.

In O.Ir. when used with a compd. vb. ro orig. followed all fixed preverbs: doro-r-ban (to-ro-ben-), Ml. 62a20 , duforbad (to-fo-ben-), 92b4 ; but this rule becomes obsolete already in the O.Ir. period: do-r-airngert, Wb. 14c32 . Thurn. Hdb. §§ 520 - 3 . ZCP xii 286 .

In O.Ir. the vbs. ro-fitir (really a perf. tense, see (a) follg.), ro-cluinethar and ro-laimethar drop ro- only when preceded by another conjunct particle. For etymology and syntacti- cal uses see Zimmer, KZ xxxvi 433 ff. ; Thurneysen, KZ xxxvii 52 ff. and ZCP xii 286 ; Strachan, Trans. Phil. Soc. 1896, 77 ff. ; 1897, 326 ff. ; 1899, 408 ff. ; RC xxiii 201 ; M. L. Sjoestedt-Jonval, Études Celtiques iii 105 ff. , 219 ff.

Used (a) with the pret. to express a perfect. ro comalnisid- si an ro pridchissem-ni dúib, Wb. 26b6 . In mod. Ir. it is displaced by do except after a neg. or a syntactical preverb: do ghabh, nír ghabh, gach ar ghabh sé.

(b) with pres. ind. and subj. with perfective sense (generally to express an action which is completed before another takes place); also with subj. after résiu `before', acht `provided that', `if only', co `until': in nuall dongniat ho rumaith fora naimtea remib the cry they make when they have defeated their enemies , Ml. 51c9 . doberum . . . dilgud don fhoirind ronto- craidet, PH 7941 . cipe . . . ro-da-gatta, diren se whoever steals them pays a fine , Laws iv 198.18 . molid resiu ro cur- sacha, Wb. 4a2 . act ro cretea deacht, 27b15 .

(c) to express potentiality or possibility, with all forms of the vb.: ní rubai nach cruth ailiu it cannot be any other way , Wb. 7b3 . asrobair mulier `meus filius' . . . a lleith posessoris can say , Sg. 198a18 , cf. adrodarcar can be seen , 172a2 . niru rimiu . . . a ndorigenai I cannot re- count , Hy. v 41 (ruirmiu, rurimo, MSS., glossed: ni etaim a thurim, F). dororbiu-sa I shall be able to hinder , ZCP iii 246.18 (< di-roben, see Ped. ii 445 ). nert ni dernim, rith ni rordaim [= ro rethim], leim nirolṅgaim [= ro lingim], RC xxv 24 § 4 ( YBL 113b25 ). fer liath ro goin, ro gonar `knows how to deal wounds and to receive them', Fianaig. 24.16 . ni fail ro airme a n-árim, SR 788 . ro chrú[th]fem-ne i fus ind pennit bes chóir we shall be able to settle here and now , Mon. Tall. 7 . ni ruibem a n-aeininad we cannot stay together , Lism.L. 4333 . duss in ruirmemis a lín if we could count , RC xvii 143.18 . in fuigh- bed sib sén . . . ro díchuirfed na trí náimde út a hEirinn? Acall. 6231 , cf. 6234 . an tan nād rimgab could not avoid , TBC² 1549 . ni ruba fer could not strike , Ériu v 32.24 . Cf. is ann som ro citer polus ar[c]ticus there men see , Marco P. 42 .

Cf. also robo, rodbo ` it may be, perhaps ', somet. or, whether , which Pedersen, ii 287 , is inclined to regard as a pret. in sense of a potential pres.: Wb. 14c24 , 16d7 . lubair ┐ legend, rodbu forcetail no scribend, Rule of Céli Dé 55 ( LB 11b13 ). rodbu ar chairiguth ind uilc . . . rodbu ar demniguth in maith, Ériu vii 162 § 5 .

(d) somet. instead of no with impf. ind. to express reiterated action (cf. Strachan, Phil. Soc. Tr. 1899, 411 ): ro gnaithiged F. dol do dénum irnaigthi, RC xii 332 § 22 . ro caithed proinn moirsesir, 334 § 24 . conid airi sin ro chaitdis a bfleadha, Marco P. 12 . ro bheiredh an t-aingel . . . an sacrament dhó gacha domnaigh, Fl. Earls 230.22 .

(e) in optative sent. with subj.: darolgea Dia doib May God forgive it to them , Wb. 31a2 . ro béo-sa fort láim-siu isind flaith, Fél. Prol. 273 . ni torgaitha he should not defraud , Wb. 25b5 . nár thugar-sa . . . cúis ar sgartha may I give no cause for our separation , Content. xxix 37 . mac Móire . . . gur ḟóire ḟira Erenn, IGT Dec. ex. 269 .

(f) somet. with subj. in a subord. indef. clause or after cia `although': is inilliu do neoch naro faomae coibsena safer . . . not to receive confessions , Mon. Tall. 54 . is accobar lium coro indiser duib in ní, PH 1486 . cia rabthai-si oca iarraid though ye be seeking him , 1977 .

(g) instead of no in Old Irish with fut. and condit. of subst. vb., to infix an obj. pron.; and regularly with condit. of copula when no conjunct particle precedes. robad bethu dom dían chomalninn, Wb. 3b28 . epert . . . rondbiad fáilte libsi et robtis maithi for mbésasi ara chiunn 16b19 . ra-mbia dígal he shall have punishment , Wb. 27c13 . rob-bia indocbál ye shall have glory , 13d32 . ropia [= robbia] ind fochricc, 16a13 , cf. 27c12 . SR 1256 . Fél. Jan. 13 . ro-bar-bia biadh, ZCP v 501.16 . ra mbiad arcat . . . ro mbiad mór fina he should have , SC 11 . Cf. acht rom-tha rombaoi rom-bia | gach nidh dheonadh Dia dham, Ériu ix 50.29 . ro-far-cruthaigfe doridisi, PH 6617 .

(h) in late Mid. and early Mod.Ir. often in rel. construction: an t-airteagul ud ro chreidir, Luc. Fid. 301.12 . amhuil . . . ro admhaighid na criosduidhthe, 375.5 .