"Ach, cén aois thú?"

Translation:But, what age are you?

4 years ago

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/flint72
flint72
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I like the sense of doubt implied here. Something no teenager wants to hear on the way into an off-licence/ pub/ nightclub!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/heartosay

...or on the way home afterwards with a new friend.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RichardMik2

Why is tú lenited here?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bryan.EDU

Could somebody please answer this?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SolSD
SolSD
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Cause it's the object form of tú. Just like "sé" becomes "é". You use it in the copula (i.e. "Is bean thú") or in questions.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
scilling
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See ionduil’s reply below.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nina462140
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Is tú's lenition related to the lack of a verb here?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionduil

No, I'm pretty sure it's because you use the disjunctive forms of the pronouns with cén (that might be related to the lack of a verb), and thú is the disjunctive form of tú. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_grammar#Personal_pronouns

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamIre4

Doesn't really make much sense to me

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/qoppaphi
qoppaphi
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I need to know for reasons.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DominicCol12

Not a question to ask a lady or an older gent but some tackless person(of which there are many ) will ask after about 2 minutes of meeting !!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Randybvain
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Where is are in the Irish sentence?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL

The word cén contains an implied or hidden copula, which is the "are" in this sentence.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dar...
Dar...
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thú ...great, yet another variation to add to the googolplex of others to attempt and fail to memorise how and when to use or not. I'm beginning to think I'm completely wasting my time here. There's just too much variation to hold in the head. I remember feeling like this before with Gaeilge but perhaps it's just time to finally concede that I'll never understand this mind-blowingly intricate and complex language. Thankfully I live in Ireland so I'll never need it.

Sorry, don't really mean that, I'm just feeling bitter battling with it tonight.

4 weeks ago
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