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Geabhan (206.105.34.43)
Posted on Saturday, June 01, 2002 - 02:03 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I have been learning Irish for the past few months and I have been having trouble with complex sentences. Perhaps the way I have been learning isn't the best way for it. I was first taught the sounds and then I was taught the word endings for nouns, verbs, and yadda yadda yadda...

I can conjugate just about every verb I come across with ease and my ability to decline nouns gets better everyday. My problem is this: now that I know what to do with the word, I do not know where it goes in the sentence.

I understand the basic syntax Verb-Subject-Object, so simple sentences such as "I (am/was/will be) cold" come easily to me, however, sentences such as "I threw her the ball as she ran down the street" completely escape my abilities. How would I say:

She slapped me for being late then kissed me for the roses.
I was the person who saved your life.
He went to the river to refill his bottle of water.

Any advice on word order would greatly be appreciated.

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Pól (p851.as1.exs.dublin.eircom.net - 159.134.227.83)
Posted on Saturday, June 01, 2002 - 05:00 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm no pro, but I'll give it a try.
Ní gairmiúil mé, ach déanfaidh mé iarracht é a dhéanamh.

1st sentence: an chéad abairt
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She hit me for being late, but then, she kissed me for the flowers

(She hit me because I was late)
Bhuail sí mé mar bhí mé déanach, ach ansin, phóg sí mé don bhlathanna

2nd sentence -- an dara abairt
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I was the person who saved your life

Ba mise an duine a shabháil do shaol

( not totally sure about "a shábháil". I might have written "I was the person who your life saved". A simpler sentence, "Shábháil mé do shaol", "I saved your life")

3rd sentence - an tríú abairt
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He went to the river to fill his bottle with water

Chuaigh sé go dtí an abhainn chun a bhuidéal a líonadh le uisce.

4th sentence
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"I threw her the ball as she ran down the street"

I threw the ball to her when she was running down the street

Chaith mé an liathróid chuici nuair a bhí se ag rith síos an tsráid.

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To be honest, I really don't know exactly how I learned to put long sentences together, I suppose it's just from experience. I've been learning Gaeilge in school now for three years. Well anyway, if you really wanna learn the language, the Gaeltacht is your best bet - speaking the language is the best way. I might be able to put an alright sentence together but I can't follow the Irish news for my life!

I hope I've been of help

( I hope that I helped you )
Tá súil agam gur chabhraigh mé leat

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