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"Cream is tasty, water is not tasty!"

Translation:Tha uachdar blasta, chan eil uisge blasta!

January 17, 2020



Is Tha necessary here, and if so why not same with ‘uisge’


The reason that it's not needed in the second part:"chan eil uisge blasta" - is that the "is not" part is contained in "Chan eil".

It is needed in the first part, because otherwise you would have "uachdar blasta" - which means "tasty cream". To say "cream IS tasty", we have "THA uschdar blasta"
In some cases, when we're learning a new language there is a direct word-for-word equivalence, but sometimes there isn't.

Chan eil uisge blasta means (approximately) "Is not / water/ tasty". Now in English, putting the verb at the start would make it read like a question "Is not water tasty?", in Gaelic, it's not a quesion - it's a normal statement or opinion - Water is not tasty. So when it's a negative statement (is not), Gaelic uses "chan eil" .

I'll qualify my answer above by saying that there's more to it than that in terms of negating things, (lots) but I don't want to give a more complex and possibly offputting answer, because I'm still learning myself




Great explanation!


Is the second blasta necessary? "Cream is tasty, water is not."


This is going round and round the garden....needs sorting out!


Hi. I'm not sure what you think needs sorting here?

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