We have already seen that the ordinary form of the article "the" is an. We have also seen that after some prepositions the longer and older form san is used. We have now to see that another old form ant is sometimes yet used.
§ 497. The form ant, of the article is used before MASCULINE NOUNS, but only when these nouns are inthe NOMINATIVE CASE, thus ant uan, the lamb; olann an uian, the wool of the lamb (genetive or possessive case). Leis an uan, with the lamb (dative case)
We have already stated a rule from which the gender of most nouns can be easily learned from the ending of the world.
In the spoken language this t, really part of the article, is pronounced as part of the following word, and hence we usually write it t-uan (thoo'-ăn), an t-am (thom), etc.
as in English