"She is."

Translation:Tá sí.

August 26, 2014



When does one use 'Is...í' versus 'Tá sí'?


Both should be allowed as answers, but they have different meanings.

In the sentence, "Tá sí" "tá", the verb form of "bia", is used. Roughly speaking, "Tá sí" in this context is used to express a permanent state: "She is" as in "She exists." By contrast, in answer to the question, "An í Cáit an múinteoir?", "Is Cáit the teacher?" you can respond, "Is í." meaning "Yes, she is." In the second example, the copula, and not the verb, is used to identify Cáit as the teacher.

We're talking about difference between the use of the word "bia" in its copula form and in its verb form. The copula in Irish is usually used to define and identify, but can also be used with the preposition "le" to express ownership, to give your name, and to mark emphasis by moving words toward the beginning of a sentence.

A copula (here, denoted by "is..." and one of the copula forms of "bia") is a word that connects the subject and predicate ("copulates") when there is no "normal" verb. It usually occurs in Irish only if a noun, pronoun or adjective is the predicate, as opposed to when the verb is the predicate.

This section is confusing for English speakers because copulae in the English language may be used non-copulatively. For examples, see Wikipedia's list of English Copulae. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_copulae

Be sure to check out the section entitled "The copula" in "Tips notes."


From the Wikipedia link posted above. This helped me think it through somewhat:

"In Irish and Scottish Gaelic, not only are there two copulas but the syntax is also changed when one is distinguishing between states or situations and essential characteristics. Describing the subject's state or situation typically uses the normal VSO ordering with the verb bí. The copula is is used to state essential characteristics or equivalences.

In Irish, the copula is used for things that are in a permanent state.

Is fear Liam "Liam is a man" (lit., is man Liam) Is leabhar é sin "That is a book" (lit., is book it that)

The word "is" is the copula (rhymes with the English word "hiss"). The pronoun used with the copula is different from the normal pronoun. For a masculine singular noun, "é" is used (for "he" or "it"), as opposed to the normal pronoun "sé"; for a feminine singular noun, "í" is used (for "she" or "it"), as opposed to normal pronoun "sí"; for plural nouns, "iad" is used (for "they" or "those"), as opposed to the normal pronoun "siad".[13]

To describe non-permanent states, "to be" is used, e.g., Tá mé ag rith "I am running"."


^ The Irish word "is" is the copula (rhymes with the English word "hiss").

Not to be confused with the English word "is" (rhymes with "his") which is one of the conjugated forms of the English copula "to be".


The link for "copula" on the Wikipedia page says:

Most languages have one main copula, although some (such as Spanish, Portuguese and Thai) have more than one, and some have none. In the case of English, this is the verb to be. While the term copula is generally used to refer to such principal forms, it may also be used to refer to some other verbs with similar functions, like become, get, feel and seem in English (these may also be called "semi-copulas" or "pseudo-copulas").

So, that list is really a list of pseudo-copulas, and "to be".


I think you mean "bí", not "bia", which means food :)


In the sentence, "Tá sí" "tá", the verb form of "bia",
the verb form of Bí, I think?


This type of resource would be a godsend... Not duolingo nevwr explains any of this. I didbt eveb kniw tá wathe verb form of bia or that a state of permanence is important here


bia is a noun, meaning "food".

is the present tense form of the verb .

The "state of permanence" thing seems to be brought up by people who are trying to apply things that they learned in other languages to Irish. Tá sé marbh means "he is dead", which is a pretty permanent state, whereas is mise an buaiteoir means "I'm the winner" - I can say that after a hand of cards, and it won't be true a few minutes later when I lose the next hand. The real difference is that marbh is an adjective whereas buaiteoir is a noun.


So if I got this right then 'Tá' is the verb form of bí and is used for verbs (ex. She is running/She runs); and 'Is' is the copula form of bí and is used for descriptions (ex. She is a runner)?


is a verb. is the simple present tense form of the verb .

Irish and English both differentiate strongly between the simple present and the present continuous/present progressive. There is no equivalence between the simple present "she runs" and the present progressive "she is running". You do not use the verb "be"/ to say "she runs", you use the verb "run"/rith - ritheann sí.

Tá sí ag rith - "She is running"
Ritheann sí - "She runs"
Tá sí déanach - "She is late"
Is reathaí í - "She is a runner"


The interesting thing is the similarity to the aay this is expressed in Chinese. "Tá sí" "她是" (pronounced "Ta shì") Both meaning "she is".


It sounds quite similar to our ears but it’s simply a coincidence.

In Chinese, ‘shì’ is the copula verb and ‘tā’ is the pronoun.


Don't know why you're getting voted down. I can't verify the copula vs pronoun part for Chinese, but even so, it would have to be a coincidence, Chinese is not Indo-European and Irish is not Sino-Tibetan, they're from completely different language trees.


My phone keyboard does not have an accent option.


"long-press" a vowel - press on the vowel for a second.


You should be able to hold down the letter, which will give you accent options. If not, you can add different keyboards via settings


How do I change the keyboard for language accents?


to make an accent over a vowel, I just press the AltGr key and the vowel I want at the same time a but a+ AltGr key at the same time = á e but e+AltGr key = é


it's different on an AppleMac and I don't know how to do it there, sorry


It depends on what kind of device you are using (phone, tablet, PC), it depends on what operating system you are running, it depends on what your current configuration is (regional settings in particular).


I used "sí í" but it said i had a typo and said Is í but on here it has Tá sí.?? Is there more ways to say she is?


Yes, there is more than one to say "she is".


While tá sí and is í both mean "she is", they aren't interchangeable. You can only use is í where you use the copula, you can only use tá sí where you don't use the copula.


Is there no difference between he and she? It's always tá right?


Tá is the verb, not the subject. So "Tá sé" or "Tá sí."


Oh, right, thanks!


If Tá sí means She is, than is it that different from using Tá sé


tá sé would be "He is."


Tá sé means he is


No idea what the difference is between sí, é, í....


sé and sí are subject pronouns: "He does X, She says Y." í and é are object pronouns: "X gives it to her, Y walks with him." In English this would sometimes be 'it' but Irish uses gendered object pronouns.


Wait.. it's sí, not sé?


Sí is "she", sé is "he".

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