I hear 'toshy!' when this word stands alone and a completely different pronunciation when 'an' appears first. Is that right, or just my untrained ear? I agree, this course should include exercises in spelling and pronunciation patterns from the beginning. As it is, we have to deduce or look for other, non-Duo sources for answers, none of which seem fit for beginners.
Wait a second, can anyone tell me a difference... it is more about English (I am not native), not Irish, but this theme a little bit confusing me. It is about "Fruit".
I am Russian. All the time (from school) I think that fruits is a pluaral form of "fruit". Maybe because "фрукт"/"фрукты" in Russian means ONE (for example, apple) and MANY of them. Later, in RUS-to-ENG course on Duolingo one of coruse moderators said that only plural form is "fruit" and nobody says "fruits", this is the mistake (???). This words a little bit confusing me, but okay... so, what is the correct form? I just don't understand this... can anyone help me, please???
Very very sorry for such offtopic theme here. My apologize and sorry for my bad English.
In English, "fruit" can refer to one single fruit or to many fruits, or to fruit in general, depending on the context; whereas, "fruits" is plural, but not always the correct plural. "Fruits" can be a "count plural," that is, "fruits" can refer to a specific (countable) number of fruits: 3 apples are 3 fruits, or "you get 2 fruits with your meal," or "my doctor says I can not have more than 3 fruits a day." In contrast, "fruit" is more of a "mass plural" that refers to fruit in general, or an amount of fruit whose actual number is not immediately obvious: "a bowl of fruit," or "I like fruit," or "that store does not sell any fruit;" in all 3 examples, "fruit" is a better choice than "fruits," but I personally would not say "fruits" is strictly incorrect. In the USA at least (I do not know about UK English) this type of "plural" takes a singular verb: "fruit is delicious" (rather than the incorrect "fruit are delicious") or "fruit is good for you" rather than "fruit are good for you." (You could say "fruits are good for you" or "fruits are delicious," but again, the given forms are preferable when referring to fruit in general.) When used in the singular (at least in the USA), we typically say "a piece of fruit" rather than "a fruit," even if the fruit is not cut into pieces: we would typically ask "would you like a piece of fruit?" rather than "would you like a fruit?" Technically, either is correct, but "a piece of fruit" sounds "more natural" in American English than "a fruit" in that context, even though the speaker is referring to one whole fruit rather than to a piece cut from an individual fruit. Same thing with "candy:" "would you like a piece of candy?" rather than "would you like a candy?" You could imagine using "fruits" in a general way (not counting a specific number), for example, a book about fruit might be titled "Fruits of the World," or, in the phrase, "the fruits of your labor," "fruits" is a metaphor for the rewards or results of your hard work. In this case, I think "fruits" would be plural: "there are many delicious fruits in the world."
Really, in US English, three fruits would only mean three different types of fruit. Your doctor would tell you to "eat three servings of fruit a day," or "eat three pieces of fruit a day," or "eat fruit three times a day."
But your doctor might tell you to name as many fruits as you can within 60 second to test for dementia ;)
It seems to me (a stark beginner in Irish) that the velarized H is often reduced to a simple "h" or simply dropped, like in English, where "does he" becomes "does 'e". Phonetic environment doesn't seem to have that much influence. Differences in dialect seem to be at play, though. ???