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"Where are you working? In a market?"

Translation:Càit a bheil thu ag obair? Ann am margadh?

January 21, 2020



How do you know when to use cait and when caite


Càite and càit are interchangeable, so you choose :)


And they're both from a sort of compression of cò àite - what place = where


Thank you Ariaflame! It's always so interesting to know the origin of words. :)


When saying "Ann am margadh?" is the question implied by the pronunciation? It seems to me that you would otherwise need to say "A bheil e ann am margadh?"


Just as in English, In a market could equally be a question or a statement. Unfortunately the speakers on this course don't always seem to get the appropriate intonation so without hearing it I cannot tell if it was a question. If it was in written form just copy the punctuation given.


How do I know when to use "Cait a bheil" or just "A bheil" ?


cait means where, so you use it when you want to know where something is.

A bheil means "are?" or "is?"


Market can be margaidh


I have not heard that, nor can I find it in any dictionary. Are you sure you are not getting confused with the genitive?

Àite margaidh Market place, etc.

But margaid is a valid alternative.


why is it showing me "cà a..." underneath my answer and not "càit a.." as it shows here in the translation?


Maybe its a contraction? Im not sure either


As far as real spoken Gaelic is concerned, you will often hear this.

As far as real written Gaelic is concerned, it is very rare in my experience. Mark does not use the word once. AFB says it is a 'colloquial short form' and Dwelly says 'for càite'.

The few comments there are on Duolingo are all at least 6 months old and there is a suggestion it was a form that someone put in that is being edited out of the course.

I would say that you definitely do need to be aware of it as a common word in spoken Gaelic, but unless someone sees it again in the course we can assume that it has been edited out as not being used in writing.

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