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" an pasta ar an bpláta."

Translation:The pasta is on the plate.

August 26, 2014

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

I accidentally read this as "Tá an páiste ar an bpláta." o_O


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

I did the exact same thing. :P


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

I typed "there is pasta on the plate" and it said it was wrong. However, on the sugar/pork one, I typed, the sugar is on the pork, but the correct answer was "there is sugar on the pork." Both Irish sentences are formatted the same way when offered. I reported this answer but I wonder if there's anything else I need to know.


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

This sentence includes the definite article, but the other doesn't. This causes the translation to be phrased differently.


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

Ah. Thank you! I'd think that that construction would be elaborated upon before being thrown at me though.


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

The Irish construction is straightforward - it's the English construction that changes when you add a definite article. The course shouldn't have to explain the oddities of English to you!

Tá pasta ar an bpláta - "There is pasta is on the plate"
Tá an pasta ar an bpláta - "The pasta is on the plate"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sspadaro81

"Tá an cat ar an dtábla". Now I get why the quintessential English beginner's phrase only comes later in the Irish course. ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brigids.em

Now I really want to translate that whole Eddie Izzard bit as Gaeilge! I need more Irish first, though.


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

I too said "there is pasta on the plate." Argh!


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

Ok, so I had this question in the first section of Eclipsis, but I wasn't able to access any of the discussions (reported to Duolingo).

I thought that the word order for sentences was [verb]+[object]+[subject]. So, if I wanted to say "the boy eats cake" it would be "itheann císte an buachaill." Have I missed something? It seems tat starting with the Eclipsis section, the syntax has become [verb]+[subject]+[object]. Or is this because we now have essentially prepositional phrases and they come last? I'm so confused...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Guillem91

Isn't the order mainly Verb Subject Object? I think you got that wrong!


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

I was confused, but I think it was because of the prepositional phrase. It made my brain go wonky! VSO makes sense now!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Obsydian.Love

I thought plate was plata not bplata.. did I miss the lesson where all these extra letters came in?


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

You want the eclipsis lesson. Here are the eclipsis rules: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/ga/Eclipsis


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Knight

Is that "bpasta" pronounced Pasta or Basta?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cian345323

"Basta" would be the correct pronunciation.


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

I don't understand why there's suddenly a b at the beginning of plate.


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

I always make the capitalised 'The' go second.


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

This is the first time I've been marked as wrong for using a contraction. I'm, they're, you're, it's, etc are always accepted but pasta's not accepted


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Did you report it?


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

How would we say "the pasta is in the plate" then?


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

I don't know whether this sentence makes sense, but "in the" is written as "sa" (which is short for "i an" = "in the") in Irish, and "sa" reqires lenition of the following substantive, so the sentence would be:

"Tá an pasta sá phláta."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Allesgut21

For once, a normal sentence XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Conn112

At least the pasta isn't in trouble. But if it was, I would have tried to save it. I love pasta.


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

why isn't it na pastaí? I feel like it should be multiple (sorry for my bad english) because usually pasta is not one big thing but a bunch of strands.

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