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" fear mé!"

Translation:I am not a man!

August 25, 2014



I love that the voice lady is really getting in to it!


I am so thrilled that, after finishing only two skills in Irish, I'm already able to reenact part of Lord of the Rings...


For this reason, if for no other, "I am no man" ought to be an acceptable answer.


This comment has made my night. I can't stop laughing. Thank you.


This comment deserves an honorary mention.


I know, she sounds so affronted!


It's refreshing after the other courses are like "I aM so obVIousLY a roBOT and ALL my sTRESSing is WRONG like a BAD lady gaGA song"


This comment also deserves an honorary mention.


Lol, i get it! YOU DESERVE A LINGOT but i spent all of mine


They recently replaced her voice unfortunately... luckily this woman is carrying on the tradition of saying it with attitude.


Yea isnt that weird it doesnt usually do that


Well hello there, Éowyn


How is negetation formed?


The particle 'ní' precedes the verb in simple negation. When the verb is 'is', the verb is dropped.

With many verbs, there's a special form called the 'dependant' form, which is used when preceded by a particle, such as 'ní' (negation), 'an' (yes/no questions), &c. For 'tá', this is 'fuil'. The dependent form is generally affected by eclipsis (urú), so you'll typically see this as 'bhfuil'. So, if you wanted to say 'I don't have a bike', you'd say either 'Ní bhfuil rothar agat' or more typically 'Níl rothar agat' where 'Níl' is a reduced form for 'ní bhfuil'. If you wanted to say 'Do you have a bike', you'd say 'An bhfuil rothar agat'.


When you say that the verb is dropped, that's in concert with the 'ni', right?


I think I'd better lay this down in more technical terms.

In Irish, 'ní' is essentially the equivalent of 'not' in English. However, it's also the negative form of 'is', so what's really happening in this circumstance is that 'is' is being substituted with 'ní', the negative form of the copula.

However, as the copula can be dropped completely in a good number of circumstances, it's often easier to think of 'ní' as simply meaning 'not' and that when you negate the copula, you omit it, thus leaving your with 'ní fear mé'.

'is' isn't like other verbs. The rules of how it behaves and is used are quite different from the rest.


This is absolutely brilliant stuff. I did Irish for my entire school life and none of this was ever explained to me properly (and I'm thick, so that matters). Thanks!


Thanks for the clarification! :-)


I'm just looking at the wikipedia article on Irish syntax so I may be misunderstanding things, but it looks like 'ní' is a preverbal particle, which always* goes at the beginning of the sentence and negates the meaning of what follows.

*Only a Sith deals in absolutes. However, I didn't find a counterexample in the few searches I did.


Sentences beginning with "tá" are affirmative. Sentences beginning with "ní" are negative.


The negative of 'tá' is 'níl' or 'ní bhfuil'. 'ní' by itself is the negative of 'is'.

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    is the negative participle used to negate every present tense verbs - ní ithim - "I don't eat", ní léann tú, "you don't read", etc. níl is a special case of this, because it is a collapsed form of ní fhuil, where fuil is the dependent form of (hence an bhfuil).

    is also the negative form of the copula in the present tense - in this case it is not a particle, as it replaces is rather than just coming before it.


    Thanks for that. Even though I kind of instinctively knew, I didn't consciously know that fact.


    Because I'm a bit special, you're saying that 'ní' is the opposite of 'is', correct?


    this sentence is so awkward


    Right. Like how is this in basics? "Hello, how are you?" - "Fine, thank you" - "I am not a man!" Lol.


    i might just give you a lingot for that!


    Why would "I'm not a man" not be accepted? Is it not enough emphatic?


    When the guy you're about to challenge says no man can defeat him:

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