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Is this right?

I found this in a grammar book: Is féidir liom é a dhéanamh. I can do it

But shouldn't this be, Is féidir liom á dhéanamh because á is used for it when it is the object of a verbal noun.

If i'm wrong, could you please tell me why this rule doesn't work in this example. Thanks

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

The grammar book is right. You can't use the ag VN structure directly following Is X liom so you have to use the infinitival structure instead.

2 years ago

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Go raibh maith agat.

2 years ago

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I hope that made enough sense. Just let me know if it didn't, and I'll work on it when I get home.

2 years ago

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Síleann mé go thuigeann mé, ach cad é an t-ainm atá ar an struchtúr sin - is x liom. Agus an bhfuil sé an riail céanna don cineál struchtúir sin i gconaí?

An raibh mo Ghaeilge ceart?

2 years ago

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Oh, you're definitely right. No harm in trying! In fact, trying and getting corrections is the only way to improve.

2 years ago

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Can I ask how you're supposed to know when to use the copula like I failed to do above? Are you connecting the same rule and that kind of structure or something? I don't understand.

2 years ago

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You're connecting "it" and "the same rule". Basically, if you connect a pronoun/noun and a noun, you use the copula (unless you wish to use the bí i phrasal verb, which does have a slightly different meaning)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

> Síleann mé go thuigeann mé

Sílim go dtuigim.

> Agus an bhfuil sé an riail céanna

Tá sé fear alert! An é an riail chéanna é le haghaidh an cineál struchtrúir sin i gcónaí. I really don't like do used as 'for' there. And riail is feminine.

> An raibh mo Ghaeilge ceart?

An raibh mo chuid Gaeilge (i g)ceart? I figure i gceart would be more common among native speakers, and is suggested in FGB.

But, to answer your question:

It really just depends on the word with the copula. Some use le, some use do (such as: Is éigean dhom or ba chóir dhom), and I'm sure there's probably some that use other prepositions.

2 years ago

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Oh well, no harm in trying. Thanks for the help.

2 years ago