"Táim ag dul suas an bóthar."
Translation:I am going up the road.
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I'm quite certain that Duolingo accepted "I am going up the road" when I encountered this sentence a few months ago.
Gramadach na Gaeilge does not list suas on it's table of directions, but it does say:
North and South in such sentences is often replaced by "up" (South) and "down" (North).
The FGB lists both
suas go Corcaigh, south to Cork and
suas go Baile Átha Cliath, up to Dublin
just to confuse matters!
Trying to wrap my head around the deixis: if you were to say to somebody (on the phone or whatever), "I'm coming up the road," would you use (ag teacht) suas or aníos? The tips section seems to suggest that the choice of direction word is relative to the speaker, but it feels like it would make more sense in this case to use the one relative to the hearer (aníos).
I do wish someone would explain to slow learners like me in words that don't involve grammatical rules why we couldn't use the sentence "Tá mé ag dul suas an bóthar" to mean about the same thing. "I am going up the road".
That was a dumb question? But then I'm dumb. ;^) I'd even accept the answer that it varies or it's colloquial, or just memorize it.
Is the question about Tá mé vs Táim? Yes, those are interchangeable. (I don't see any other differences between your suggestion and what the page header shows as of 2018-11-23, "Táim ag dul suas an bóthar." Translation:I am going up the road. Based on other comments, I guess this may previously have shown "...going south..." as the translation; if so, "up south" is an interesting idiomatic turn we just need to pick up.)
It's an Irish to English exercise, so the only time that you get to enter a response in Irish is when the exercise is used for a "Type What You Hear" exercise, where the only acceptable answer is what was in the speakers script - táim.
Given that there isn't any grammatical difference, and relatively little phonological difference between Táim ag and Tá mé ag, it would probably be just as well to withdraw those particular exercises from the "Type What You Hear" pool.