i gcónaí = always/continually
cónaí = residence/dwelling
Just in case anyone else was wondering about this.
Thank you! I was wondering - turns out fadas are always important, no matter where you live.
Actually i gcónaí means lives in as well, i.e. the phrase says Paul is living in trouble. It is just an idiom
Ahahahaha, quite a coincidence to see you here. Here have a linglot in honour of poor Paul.
I thought things like "i gcónai" came at the end. English puts those types of words earlier in the sentence, but is that often done in Irish? (Or, is that done in Irish often?). ;)
I always knew Paul was bad ever since he started drinking wine before his cat.
I knew Pauly was a bad fella, ever since I met him a few lessons back I knew he was bad
Actually, when you think about it, you can't buy an election without hard-earned money, so maybe...
I'm sure he's just misunderstood. If only someone would stop and just listen to him and what he's been through...
why is it not "ta pol se gconai i dtrioboid"? (sorry no accents) isn't ta se how to say he is? the word i says it means in, so it looks like it says paul in always in trouble
Yes, but you wouldn't say "He Paul is..." so you don't need sé here because of Pól. And like that boy already replied, "i gcónai" is idiomatic expression. :)
so the preposition i (in) needs to be twice in this sentence?
"Paul is in always in trouble"?
The first i is part of the idiomatic phrase "i gcónaí", which means "always," so there is only one preposition i in this sentence.
Because I was curious about the literal meaning of this phrase, I looked it up on Wiktionary. "cónaí" apparently means something like "home," "dwelling," or "resting place." So "i gcónaí," which can be interpreted as "always," "yet/still," or "ever" is perhaps somehow connected to the idea of being at a resting place, or figuratively remaining/resting in some state (e.g. trouble, Paul's case). Interesting.
Because you can't make a question in Irish using the same words as the statement. The question "Is Paul always in trouble" would be "An bhfuil Pól i gcónaí i dtrioblóid?", using some material (an bhfuil) that hasn't been covered yet.
The sentence Tá Pól i gcónaí i dtrioblóid can only be the statement that he is in trouble.
Most enjoyable thread and I dont think I will forget how or why Paul is always in trouble or that it all started with the drinking before the cat - a sad state of affairs all together!
Paul could have been even more evil, however, and let the cat drink first, the poor beast becoming an alcoholic, while the evil P guy shoves people in the fridge, and becomes President of Ireland.