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Jim,NuaEabhrac (130.156.27.75 - 130.156.27.75)
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 12:50 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

a Chairde,

Can anyone help me with question 5, ma's é do thoil é?

Why is it:

"Tá fear maith" and not "Tá fear go maith"?

Go raibh maith agat.

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Al Evans (208.188.101.145 - 208.188.101.145)
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 01:17 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Because you're saying what kind of man is there, as opposed to saying something about a particular man.

(What kind of man is here?)
Tá fear maith ann. There is a good man (here).

(What kind of man is the man across the room?)
Tá an fear go maith. The man is good.

Hope this helps,

--Al Evans

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Jim,NuaEabhrac (130.156.27.75 - 130.156.27.75)
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 01:54 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raibh maith agat! Crystal clear.

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JimNuaEabhrac (67.81.112.71 - 67.81.112.71)
Posted on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 08:47 am:   Edit Post Print Post

An fédir le héinne cuidiú liom? Ma's é do thoil é.

Would you ever say “Cháit” without saying “a Cháit?”

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Seosamh Mac Muirí (193.1.100.104 - 193.1.100.104)
Posted on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 01:09 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Is féidir mír na gairme sin a bhá le taobh guta eile a Jim.

Following a vowel one can swamp the vocative particle. In reply to a question (An bhfaca tú thart sna bólaí seo é?), one could say :

Chonaic mé amuigh ag an ngeata ' Cháit, an lá cheana é.

But, fornenst the consonant :

Chonaic mé amuigh ag an mbinn, a Cháit, an lá cheana é.

- which would tend to have one say instead, some of the variants, through natural rythm, rather than by reason of anything based on grammar:

Chonaic mé amuigh ag an mbinn é, a Cháit, an lá cheana.

Ach arís ar ais:

Chonaic mé amuigh ag an mbinn an lá cheana ', a Cháit.
(Others wouldn't leave out the pronoun here, but I do.)
Ní gá a rá. (= Ní gá é a rá.)
Is ceart a dhéanamh. (= Is ceart é a dhéanamh.)

Mar a chéile :
Chonaic mé amuigh ag an mbinn ', a Cháit, an lá cheana.

Ádh mór.

Seosamh

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Jim,NuaEabhrac (67.81.112.71 - 67.81.112.71)
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 08:25 am:   Edit Post Print Post

a Sheosamh,

Go raibh maith agat, arís! I appreciate all the time you spend answering our questions on this site.

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Seosamh Mac Muirí (193.1.100.104 - 193.1.100.104)
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2003 - 08:43 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Do chéad fáilte a Jim.

S.

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