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Jeannette Knauf (spider-wq011.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.200.136)
Posted on Friday, November 09, 2001 - 03:44 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

What does "biodh" in ...."biodh se agat agus failte.." ...mean? I was given this response after I thanked someone, and since the sender knew I was female...shouldn't the "se" be "si". Also the response was missing some fadas, I think.
Can't find "biodh" listed in my books.
Jeannette

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Larry (host213-122-188-138.btinternet.com - 213.122.188.138)
Posted on Friday, November 09, 2001 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Jeannette, a chara,

Have a look in your text books under the irregular verb "bí" (to be). Biodh is the 3rd person singular imperative. For example, biodh ceann eile agat (have another one)

The fact that the response was addressed to you as a female would make no difference. Gender, in this respect, relates to the thing being spoken about - not to the person spoken to. For example, tá sé fuar (it is cold) where the "sé" (it) relates to the weather and not to the person I'm discussing the weather with. Does that make it clearer??

Yes, there should be fadas over sé and fáilte.

Le meas,
Larry.

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