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Forms: nech, nacha, naich, na, nach, nacha, nacha, nach, nach mór

indef. pron. adj., really a proclitic form of nech used before a noun (or adj. used substantivally) and before 3 s. and pl. gen. pron. 1 aí, 4 áe. In sing. uninflected, except in g s f. nacha (g s m. naich occurs once in Glosses: naich baill, Sg. 5a5 ; cf. Fél. Prol. 136 ), inflexion in other cases being indicated by its effect on a follg. vowel.

In nom. and acc. sing. neut. O.Ir. uses the form na, geminating a follg. consonant ( nach gl. quod, Ml. 101a5 , the neut. being here a Latin word, is an emended reading); early in Mid.Ir. na gives way to nach.

Any, whatever, some . . . or other (corresponding to Lat. quilibet, quivis, quispiam), occas. verging on the sense every ; freq. used after a negative (= Lat. ullus), in Mid.Ir. generally so.

In affirm. sent.: nach aile, gl. alius quispiam, Ml. 78b17 . bit [leg. bid] failid nach oín adidtrefea whoever shall so dwell, 107a15 . nach gním dungenam-ni (gl. omnia studia nostra), 111d3 . huan duni fesin no hua nach ailiu, 49b8 . ho pecthib nach aili, gl. alienis maculis, 15b10 . imfolang nach gnima, 80d2 . tre thesbaid nach baill dind deilb, Sg. 5a5 . dochum nacha rainne aile to some other part, 188a12 . nach itge no guidiu any prayer that I pray, Fél. Ep. 337. nach mil conbeir deiche any animal that bears twins, Laws i 144.23 . tasfenad . . . nach rechta ro falnasat, 16.1 . oc deimnigud nach dligid confirming some law, Hib. Min. 4.129 . fo cosmailis nacha cat[h]rach, 7.219 . In more definite sense ( = Lat. aliquis) : is ar nach n-indocbáil móir fodaimim-se inso for some great glory I endure this, Wb. 23b12 . itá nách cumachta fora cul na n-én-sa there is some power behind these birds, SCC 7. anfimni ... nach sechtmain we shall stay ... about a week, TBFr. 152 (cf. Études Celt. ii 5 § 12 and n. 32 ).

After neg. : ní confil nach n-aile dumdísed-sa there is no other that could lead me, Ml. 78a18 . ní tabarthi dímess for nach n-énirt any feeble person, Wb. 6c19 . amal ni bad hua nach comthumus, gl. nulla compensatione, Ml. 63d2 . cen nach ṅdeligud without any discrimination, 69a23 . cen chaile nach datho without a spot of any colour, Wb. 5c19 . cen esbaid nácha mathiusa, FA 12 = nach LB. oengeal uile cen nach locht, RC xlvi 246.17 .

Folld. by gen. ái : ni nach ae it is none of them (answer to a question), Hib. Min. 6.198 . ní assu nach ai araili dib none of them is easier than another, FA 15. nicon ḟess . . . ainm naich hé for talam the name of any of them, Fél. Prol. 136.

neut. imned dom na lled dochood whatever direction I went, Wb. 17d7 . cen na forcenn without any end, 28a17 . na neurt derone duine di sunt any of these virtues which a man has fulfilled, ZCP iii 451.22 . Freq. folld. by adj. : na mmaith pridchas whatever good he preaches, Wb. 25c24 , cf. ná maith robé whatever good there is, 5d30 . na glan, gl. nihil mundum, 31b28 . ní tardad na mmór nothing great was given, Ml. 63d5 . cen na bec ndo síd without a little of peace, 51a5 . ní gabsat na mmár isin tig they did not take up much (space) in the house (?), IT i 137.12 ( LU 10583 ) = ni gabsat na mmor don tig, Eg. Cf. nicon ḟess na romar | ainm . . ., Fél. Prol. 135 (nach v.l.) ; `neither known nor very great is the name', Stokes; not known to any very great extent (advl. acc.) ? Folld. by gen. pron. : tairchella . . . huili dánu in spirto et ni torban na áe, Wb. 12b33 (`none of them profiteth', Thes. ; Pedersen Vgl. Gr. ii 212 , takes áe as g s n. = aught thereof, dán being masc.).

Esp. na nní anything, whatever (oft. folld. by partitive DE) : na nní bes chossecarthae whatever is consecrated, Ml. 63a6 . na nní robu accubur leu, 54a9 . comallait na nní forcongair Dia doib, 146a1 . na nní du fochaidib inotgam whatever tribulations we enter on, 96b5 . slogait na nní do uisciu doda-ic whatever water comes to them, 123d3 . condom-roib . . . na ní ara ṁbáigiu everything I contend for, Fél. Ep. 360 (nach ní v.l.).

In later Mid.Ir. na is replaced by nach : ni ros-corb nách n-anmanda no animal polluted him, PH 1512. ina ndrochfhéichem nach logait nach ni dia fiachaib, 4333 . tabair dom nach mbec do bíud a little food, 1309 . ní dernai nach n-olc, 2889 .

pl. ná bat nacha arm aili let it not be any other arms, Wb. 22d14 (n p n.). nacha sloglussu .i. nacha side són (gl. nullas indutias), Ml. 111b19 (a p m.). ho nach mindaib (gl. nullis insignibus), 35d16 (leg. nacha?). a mhiadamla . . . nad bai in nacha reduibh ailib in any other things, Ériu ii 106.9 (T. Bithn.). bail na fil aittreb nach n-anmand, PH 2082.

Often used in adverbial expressions such as nach airm (dú, maigen) wherever ; nach mod howsoever ; nach thain whenever, at any time, and the like : nach airm ata `homo' isin scriptuir, Hib. Min. 13.454 . nach mod formberat, Ml. 71c1 . nach thain (gl. si quando), Ml. 32b7 ; (gl. ne quando), 39a23 , 47c9 , 122b3 . nach tan dofurgaib int augtur brethir, Hib. Min. 12.410 . rosesium nach tan cusin fhailte fhorordai some time, PH 8071. ní imirchói nach géin for any long time, Wb. 7a11 (< cian), cf. 24d11 (but : noco bia na cein . . . sunn i pein, SR 2043 ). nach mór (dat.) to any great extent : ní tárbas a chumachtae hisuidiu nach mór, Ml. 65d16 , cf. 64d13 , Wb. 11d5 and Fél. Prol. 135 cited above.

Used alone as pron. before a rel. clause : nach adchi gataid a lám whatever she sees, Irish Texts i 5.15 ( = O.Ir. na nní) : perh. a mistake.