"Caithim léine."

Translation:I wear a shirt.

April 19, 2016

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leine vs leinte?


léine "a shirt"
léinte "shirts"


In the question, where is the word for ''a''


To quote from the Tips & Notes for the Plurals skill:

There are no indefinite articles in Irish. Where in English you would say a or an before a noun, in Irish you just say the noun itself. For example, buachaill can mean either boy or a boy.


"I wear a shirt" was marked correct, but then the 'correct' answer offered by Duo was "I wear a dress". Does "léine" mean both shirt and dress?

Also, it sounded like "yéine" in the audio - is it correct that an "l" sounds like a "y" here? Thanks!


The "correct answer" shown at the top of this page is "I wear a shirt" - do you have a screenshot of Duolingo giving "I wear a dress"?

"Léine" does not mean "dress"

As for the audio, the "l" sounds quite clear to me - can you hear the "l" in other sources, like the pronunciations on teanglann.ie? http://www.teanglann.ie/en/fuaim/l%C3%A9ine


Isn't I am wearing a shirt the same as I wear a shirt?


No, it is not. English and Irish both have different forms for the simple present (caithim - "I wear") and the present progressive (táim ag caitheamh - "I am wearing"). Many other European languages lack this distinction, but the two forms are not interchangeable in Irish or in English.

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