Síneadh fada / length mark

Síneadh fada literally means "a long stretch" and when a síneadh fada occurs over a vowel it shows that the vowel is long rather than short.

This difference can indicate distinct meanings:

  • Examples of words with short vowels: fear (a man) and cas (turn)

  • Examples of words with long vowels: féar (grass) and cás (a case). 

The only difference in writing between these pairs of words is whether or not the vowels have a síneadh fada. This is an important difference, as it may affect the meaning.

The plural of síneadh fada is sínte fada "length marks". 








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