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How do i say things without an infinitive verb?

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I tried to think in irish today and i was going to think "i walk down to the lake to swim"

"to swim" is infinitive, but i 'member reading that there is no infinitive in irish...

So how would you go about saying it?

1 year ago

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Generally infinitive constructions in English are replaced by verbal noun constructions in Irish.

My attempt would be: Siúlaim síos go dtí an loch le snámh (literally "I walk down to the lake with swimming", but in the context of verbal noun constructions "le" means something like "in order to" rather than "with").

1 year ago

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For a sentence like this, where "to" can be replaced with "in order to", you can also use "chun" - "Siúlaim síos go dtí an loch chun snámh".

(This has the advantage that "chun" can mean "to" in other contexts as well).

1 year ago

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It's mostly dialectal, afaik -- le is preferred in Connemara, and also has other meanings, such as n Caifé le n-imeachti

1 year ago