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Jen (63.100.108.19 - 63.100.108.19)
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2003 - 01:45 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

A Chairde,

I've noticed that Irish sentences make great use of the word 'agus' - usually between every object in a list rather than only between the last two, as with 'and' in English.

Am I correct to conclude that 'agus' is always to be used between every object in a list?

Le buíochas,
Jen

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Phil (159.134.209.227 - 159.134.209.227)
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2003 - 06:27 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

"agus" = "and"

Plain and simple.

It is occasionaly abbreviated to "is" but only when the meaning is painfully obvious.

Chonaic mé Máire

I saw Mary

Chonaic mé Máire agus Seán

I saw Mary and Seán

Chonaic mé Máire, agus ansin, chonaic mé Seán

I saw Mary, and then, I saw Seán

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I saw Mary, Seán, Philip, and James

Chonaic mé Máire, Seán, Philip agus James

-Phil

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Jen (63.100.108.19 - 63.100.108.19)
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2003 - 11:11 am:   Edit Post Print Post

So you don't need to use 'agus' between every word in a list?
(i.e. Chonaic mé Máire, agus Seán, agus Philip, agus James.)

Many times I have seen examples like this, where 'agus' was used between each word.

Slán,
Jen

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Phil (159.134.209.253 - 159.134.209.253)
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2003 - 02:14 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Short answer:

NO, you don't.

-Phil

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