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Phil (159.134.209.104 - 159.134.209.104)
Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 08:24 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm trying to figure out what's the best answer to give for a simple "Yes" or "No" with the following questions. Is it A, B, C, etc.

An ndúnann tú an doras?

A) Dúnaim, Ní dhúnaim
B) Dúnann, Ní dhúnann

An maith leat madraí?

A) Sea, Ní hea
B) Is maith, Ní maith
C) Is maith liom, Ní maith liom

Arbh fhéidir leat é a fháil

A) Ba ea, Níorbh ea
B) B'fhéidir, Níorbh fhéidir
C) B'fhéidir liom, Níorbh fhéidir liom

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And how do you refuse an order, eg:

Close the door.

No.

I don't know how but if I had to guess I'd say something like this:

Dún an doras.

Ní dhúnfaidh.


I was watching Ros na Rún on TnaG there a while ago and someone told a kid to go to bed or something and he said "no". Only problem I can see with this is, "nó = or".

Go to bed.

Or.

See what I mean.

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One more thing

what's "ea", as in "buachaill is ea é", "madra ab ea é".

-Phil

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Aonghus (159.134.58.214 - 159.134.58.214)
Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 10:42 am:   Edit Post Print Post

"no" was English!
A or B is fine for 1
B for 2
B or C for 3

Ea:
from Leabhar Gramadaí Gaeilge
Is forainm neodrach, 3 uatha é ea nach n-úsaidtear ach amháin leis an gcopail
I'f I was being literal buachaill is ea é would translate as "It is a boy he is", which is a fien piece of stage Irish, but hopefully gets the point across.

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Phil (159.134.209.135 - 159.134.209.135)
Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

I'm looking for the definitive Yes or No answer.

So could you please tell me which would be better for 1 and 3. Thanks.

And yeah, I did know that "no" was English. What I was saying that the Gaeilge word "nó", which is pronounced the same as "no", means "or". So if someone said "no"/"nó", it could mean the following:


"Go to Bed..... No!"

"Go to Bed..... Or!"

as in "Or what", "or else".


-Phil

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Aonghus (159.134.59.95 - 159.134.59.95)
Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2003 - 06:20 am:   Edit Post Print Post

The only difference between A and B for one is that you are explicitly using the 1st person in A, and it's implied in B. But both are equally definite. Same for 3.

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