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" an léine go maith."

Translation:The shirt is fine.

August 26, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frigorifico9

What is the "go" doing here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kenan820

I put "The shirt is nice" and it was accepted.


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

And what about "Tá an leíne maith" without the "go"? Would it just be incorrect or would it have a different meaning?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rewjeo
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I cannot tell you for sure, since I'm learning right now, too, but I do know that Irish puts adjectives after the noun they describe, unlike English, so I think maybe that would mean "The good shirt is," like you're stating that the good shirt exists.


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

I don’t hear well (my wife has been asking me to get hearing aids for YEARS!), so I can’t tell how some of the soft consonants sound.

At the end of the word “maith”, what sound does the “th” make? Is it silent?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/19O492554

The sound th in Irish is basically just "h" in English. It is never pronounced like "th" in English. It isn't quite silent in maith but coming after a vowel sound, it's more that the vowel sound is changed slightly, rather than that you can identify the sound of th - the difference between "mo" and "moh" in English, perhaps.


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

Just so I’m clear, is it an unvoiced “h”? Just air passing through the throat, with no vocalization?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/19O492554

I suppose technically it's supposed to be unvoiced, but the vocalization from the m continues through to the end of the word (to my ear, anyway).

maith


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

I was way off the mark on this one. This question came up earlier in the section, and I got it right. This time I wrote “I like the shirt”, and of course, that’s wrong.

How would one write “I like the shirt”?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/19O492554

Is maith liom an léine


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

Thank you!

I think a question similar to this came up after I asked my question, and I had one of those “facepalm” moments. Maybe I need to shut it down for the night and go to bed!


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

Can it also mean "the shirt is nice"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamesharmo18

Is the connotation, "the shirt is just okay, but I'm not crazy about it," or is it more positive than this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aoi487339

It is a good shirt . How is this incorrect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/19O492554

"It is a shirt" is a copula - you are categorizing the pronoun "it" as as "a shirt" (a noun).

Is léine mhaith é - "It is a good shirt"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StephenLov17

I wrote: The shirt is good. That was accepted with a "Good job!" and no alternative was offered.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/moss680049

I wrote . "The shirt is nice". This was accepted as ok.

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