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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2004 (April-June) » Ceist ar focail ar "think" « Previous Next »

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Celtoid (152.163.252.163 - 152.163.252.163)
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 07:20 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I get confused about Irish words for "think". What is the difference between "ceap", "síl", "cuimhnigh", "meas", "smaoinigh",or can they be used interchangeably?

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 07:34 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Not quite!
"cuimhnigh" means I recalled/remembered something.
"meas" conveys the meaning of guessing/measuring
"síl" sometimes implies the thought was/may have been incorrect.
"ceap" can mean creative thought

"smaoinigh" is the most general of them; but there are shades of meaning in all of them depening on context.

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Fear na mBróg (213.94.241.56 - 213.94.241.56)
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 - 08:22 am:   Edit Post Print Post

I use "ceap" when I'm expressing an opinion or expressing what I believe or think:

Ceapaim gur madra é.
Ceapaim gur dhún sé an doras.
Ceapaim nach rachaidh sé ar ais.

And I use "smaoinigh" when I'm actually physically thinking about something:

Bhí mé ag smaoineamh ar an mbean.
Smaoinigh sé faoin madra.
Smaoineoidh mé ort.

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Celtoid (152.163.252.163 - 152.163.252.163)
Posted on Monday, April 19, 2004 - 07:59 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raibh maith agaibh, a chairde.

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 04:20 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Failte romhat. Tá súil agam nach síleann tú a thuilleadh go bhfuil sé deacair smaoineamh as gaeilge, ná smaointe doimhne a cheapadh! Cuimhnigh i gconaí go bhfuilimid ann le cabhrú leat. Measaim go n-éireoidh go bréa leat.

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Celtoid (205.188.116.136 - 205.188.116.136)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 08:38 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Go raibh maith agat arís, a Aonghuis. Tá mé ag smaoineamh níos mó as Gaeilge gach uile lá!

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Seosamh Mac Muirí (193.1.100.104 - 193.1.100.104)
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 09:26 am:   Edit Post Print Post

> Tá mé ag smaoineamh níos mó as Gaeilge gach uile lá!

Is maith do scéala a Cheltoid.
Tiocfaidh sí níos fusa leat feasta, tá súil agam.
(You're getting near to the summit or to the downhill slope where it may start to become easier.)

Go n-éirí leat.

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