In a restaurant
How would I say this sentence in Irish = "Are you (pl) ready to order your (pl) meals?" I am thinking along these lines = "An bhfuil sibh réidh chun bhur bhéilí a hordú? How would I say, "We are ready to order our meals, please?" I am thinking, "Táimid réidh chun ár bhéilí a hordú, le do thoil." I am apprehensive about the word ordú because I think it refers more to giving an order than ordering a meal. Can anybody give me the proper phraseology?
You’re very close — An bhfuil sibh réidh le bhur gcuid béilí a ordú? and Táimid réidh lenár gcuid béilí a ordú, le do thoil. would work.
Could you explain the le here? Why can't it be An bhfuil sibh réidh bhur gcuid béilí a hordú?? I still get tripped up on it sometimes. Sometimes it appears where ''in order to'' doesn't seem to fit. Is there a solid rule for when to use it, rather than seeing if ''in order to'' fits?
Generally, a characteristic adjective + “to” + infinitive in English is translated by an adjective + le + verbal noun in Irish, e.g. “good to eat” → maith le hithe — see definition 24. (e) of le¹ in the FGB. (Perhaps a more literal translation of maith le hithe to English would be “good for eating”.)
Could someone help me? in general i mean i think i have the hang of it but im still confused