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progressive present in irish

Hello, I would like to talk about something that confused me in the irish course : The progressive present is used to translate litteraly sentences about the near future, e.g "are you coming soon" into "an bhfuil tu ag teacht go luath?" . According to what I have read so far, I would say that either it is not grammaticaly correct, or it is not an appropriate idiom, but it definitely not something I would have used.

Yet I am not sure so I would like to have your point of view about that.

PS : Am I in the good place to post this question ?

thanks !

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/gufcfan
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Native speaker here.

There is nothing wrong with saying

"An bhfuil tú ag teacht go luath?"

It's possible that a grammatical rule that says otherwise exists, but I have always been of the opinion that what is spoken IS the rule.

People might say the above or alternatively

"An mbeidh tú ag teacht go luath / Will you be coming soon."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patbo
patbo
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So you would prefer the progressive form even in the future, i.e. "An dtiocfaidh tú go luath?" wouldn't sound natural?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hugothor135

Thank you ! and would "an dtiofaidh tú go luath" be usable too ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gufcfan
gufcfan
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Certainly. In conversation the ""an" often changes to "a" or sometimes it gets dropped altogether.

2 years ago