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  5. "Itheann na buachaillí."

"Itheann na buachaillí."

Translation:The boys eat.

August 26, 2014



I almost wrote eat the boys. O_o


I did write eat the boys! Oops. I'm still getting used to the sentence structure.


Sounds like that are you internalizing order of words Irish. Good you!

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    I see what you did there.


    I wrote "the boys are eating" and it was marked incorrectly. Is there a difference in Irish between the present and the present continuous? Or are they interchangeable, as they are in some other languages?


    I don’t know how the continuous is formed, but I know that yes, there is a difference. They’ve mentioned that this form is the habitual in the tips and hinted at the existence of a continuous aspect.


    Just asked my Gaeilgeoir son (as perhaps I should have done before starting... ;)) and he says "tá na buachaillí ag ithe" would mean the boys are eating. Not sure which one would be used in more natural speech. Any further input on this would be most welcome! :)


    When I have glanced at Celtic languages in the past, this form appears to be at least as common in them as in English. That, of course, causes me to ask whether this is a Celtic influence on English or just an areal feature of insular languages.


    While the other big West Germanic languages (e.g. German, Dutch) do often have progressive forms (Modern High German doesn't really, but spoken German does), they are usually less common and the simple present forms can also carry a progressive aspect.

    It is hypothesised that Celtic influence did indeed play a role in the formation of the present progressive form in Modern English:

    "One postulated source of the English current progressive aspect is the Celtic languages that have been spoken in Britain throughout its history, which all use a (to be)+preposition+verbal noun construction to form it."

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_and_progressive_aspects#Origin

    "Rise of the periphrastic aspect, particularly the progressive form (i.e. BE verb-ing: I am writing, she was singing etc.). The progressive form developed in the change from Old English to Middle English. Similar constructs are rare in Germanic languages and not completely analogous. Celtic usage has chronological precedence and high usage.[28] Celtic Englishes employ the structure more than Standard English. E.g. "It was meaning right the opposite", Manx English[29]"

    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brittonicisms_in_English

    However, the progressive forms of Dutch, German, and the Celtic languages (and many other languages) all use constructions with prepositions (e. g. "at the eat-noun") instead of the English present participle construction, which is rather unique in this sense. See also this discussion:



    Romanic languages use to be + gerund, without any prepositions, to form progressive tenses, e.g. Spanish - estoy leyendo- I am reading. English does the same. In modern English gerund=present participle in form, and it is still disputable which of them is used to form progressive tenses.


    Where do you find the tips? Are they in the app, or do I need to go to the website?


    I believe you have to go to the website.


    If this is not equivalent to "the boys are eating," then there should be some method of making it clear to the student that Irish has a separate continuous mood (formed, I would be willing to bet, with "tá"). From time to time, I get the idea that there is some instructional feature of this site that I am simply missing out on.


    There is 'tips and hints' in every exercise which you should read before you start any lessons. It will help you will confusions like this one :)


    OH! I thought there was just a general tips and tricks. I didn't realize they were different for each lesson! Wow, they should mention that somewhere...


    Oh no! They are different for each block of lessons. Like 'Basics', 'Phrases' etc :-)


    Ive never seen the tips and hints. But a lot isnt available on my mobile.


    You can open this grammar site in your browser: http://www.nualeargais.ie/gnag/gram.htm For this question click on "the Verb" then click on "Tense and Mood" and you can click on "present tense" which is the progressive form that we have not learned yet and "habitual present tense" which, being easier, is the one we learned so far.


    Why do they say so many of the words in spanish out loud for you to hear but not in irish?


    Darn these eating boys, they make life so much harder. What are they even eating, ham? Pasta? Each other?


    Now THIS was frightening to me.


    should be "the boys are eating"?


    No, that's a different tense (as in English): Tá na buachaillí ag ithe.


    i wrote eat the boys cause i thought u were supposed to put them in order


    the sentence structure is easy


    these pronunciations!!!


    Is it just me or to the words for "eat" and "read" look similar?


    Irish is so confusing, its hard to comprhend


    the sentence structure of irish is very similar to that of Tagalog

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