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no co , na co, nó co

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Forms: na co, nó co

part mod. Ir. nó go until . The orig. form is na > no, but exx. of nó occur fairly early, e.g. LU 9225.

Acc. to Pedersen Vgl. Gr. ii 318 - 319 , a development of O.Ir. na co n- used with the subj. mood to join a conditional clause to a neg. main clause, the orig. sense being ` unless ', passing by degrees into that of ` until '; the development was prob. influenced by the independent use of the conj. co n- `until'. During the Mid.Ir. period na co ( no co , co ) comes to mean simply until and to be used with an affirm. main clause, and with the indic. mood (generally with a pret. to denote an actual fact which occurred at the end of a period indicated in the main sent.).

(a) with subj. follg. neg. main clause: na co risat fir hErend . . . ni ricub sa arís in fer I will not go to the man again unless (until) the men of Ireland go, TBC-LL¹ 2890 = nogo ccomhraicit fir E., St. Conchobor ní thic immach | na co raib a lín sin chath (= until he has a sufficient force), 2394 = no go mbé sé lin don chath, Eg. 93. tiur-sa brethir . . . nachas-idnaidiub-sa ní bas mó ná co clórat fir hErend mo chomergi-sea I will not await them longer until (unless) the men of Ireland hear, 4939 = no co ccluinit, St. dothuṅg mo deo . . . na co mbérat (leg. mberat) ar écin samlaid nacha mbérat ar áis that until they get [the bull] by force, they shall not get it as a gift, 143 = no go mberit, St., Add. ni ba crecha gairdi | na co roisset ḟairggi, | na co ndernat airgni until they reach the sea, until they wreak ravages, CRR 22 (p. 30.12) ; cf. connach gēb-sa . . . na co raib, 20 . noco chreitiub-sa duit-siu . . . nó coro dusce Coin Culaind unless (until) thou awake C., LU 9225. nocha nfuil eneclann do neoc[h] dib . . . no co ndernat in coindelg, Laws iii 142.21 . na ro eschoitchennaigter nech . . . ón eclais na corup follus a pheccad (= donec peccatum eius clarescat), PH 5319 , cf. 7732 ( no co ), 7646 (no go), 7734 (nó go). nocho n-īb . . . no co n-eba-so for tús unless thou drink first, RC xxiv 178.15 . no co n-airimther ganim mara ni hairēmthar ar marbad do macaib ríg, xviii 173.12 .

(b) with indic. follg. affirm. sent.: iss and no adnaictís clanna Heremoin . . . no co tánic Cremthand, LU 4072. no érnitís cís dúinne . . . no co ranacais-[s]iu chucaind, PH 3918. co tard . . . bruid imdha lais, no co tard in mbruid do Dia, RC xviii 37.3 . nó gur ghein eo na dtrí dtobar | do bhí ceo ar aṅ gcreideamh, Dán Dé xii 4 . go raibhe amhlaidh sin . . . nó gur thuig sé cumhacht Dé, TSh. 3467. Folld. by pres.: nó go ndéanann mo chlí cionnta | ní fhéagann sí a dtiocfa tríd until my body commits sins, Dán Dé x 5 . ag seargadh . . . nó go dtuiteann 'na luaithreadh as a chéile, TSh. 4191.

The subj. is still used to denote contingency, purpose, etc.: biaidh mé san phéin se nó go bhfógra tusa, TSh. 5044. dénaidh bhar ndána [sic leg.] no go faichdis mo t[h]eadlach until (in order that) my household see (them), Ériu iv 178.16 . glacam ar sáith grádha nó go ttí an mhaidin, Proverbs vii 18.