How to use "go"?
Could anyone give me a 'child friendly' explanation of how to use "go" in Irish? I understand it to mean "to, with" and I have tried to figure out how to use it via Duolingo and Google, but it still keeps popping up in sentences where I do not expect it to.
Thanks a million!
go has several meanings. It can be 'to', as you mentioned (go dtí with a definite article), but it can also be a conjunction meaning 'that', as well as being used to make an adjective into an adverb (think English 'ly').
Thank you very much for your response! When used as a conjunction ("that..."), does that mean you could say "deir an fear go bhfuil áthas air"? Or would you have to use atá?
fear a bhfuil áthas air - "a man that is happy"/"a man who is happy"
deir an fear go bhfuil áthas air - "the man says that he is happy"
feicim an t-áthas atá ar an bhfear - "I see how happy the man is" (more literally "I see the joy that is on the man")
"that" is complicated .....
You can use Deir an fear go bhfuil áthas air, but that would mean "The man says that he is happy". It's used to introduce what is known as indirect speech.
Thank you for the link, it is slowly starting to make a bit more sense. English is not my native language, so I'm now actually learning a foreign language through another foreign language, which is not ideal...
May I ask what your native language is? (Your English in this discussion has been flawless.) If something is unclear in an English definition or example, perhaps someone might be able to offer an equivalent in your native language.