"Seo cofaidh."

Translation:This is coffee.

December 1, 2019

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnEdding

In every day usage, would you say this when you hand someone a cup? In English it sounds odd to say "This is coffee". The more usual would be "Here's a coffee" or simply "Coffee?. Just curious.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nicdhaibhidh

I think you would - or even just Seo, if they know what's coming, and/or you need to attract their attention. I'm sure I've seen Seo translated as "here you are".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Extoria

Is seo both "this is..." and "that is..."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VictoriaBlack379

No. I'm pretty sure I came across the word "Sinn" for "That is..."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nicdhaibhidh

Close :) - Sin, not sinn. Sinn = we)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deio251646

you don't need the 'is', seo cofaidh, is simply this coffee, idiomatically it may be understood as this is coffee, but in other situations, you are making the statement, this coffee, as opposed to that coffee or any other coffee. If you want the 'is' in for absolute clarity, then either use a construction using 'tha' or a rarer 'is' construction. Not much used in every day speech now, but still there should you wish to make use of its different functions as opposed to 'tha'. Nach 'eil sin ceart? Tha. 'S eadh gu dearbh!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/finleyexp

Thank you for clarifying. I put 'this coffee' because I thought we needed 'tha' to indicate 'is'. It was marked wrong by Duolingo. Hopefully, they'll change that.

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