In the Irish language "Táim" is generally followed by something else (an action for example)... "I am going to..." or "I am looking for..." whereas "Is ... mé" is used in cases where you are discussing something more definite. "I am a man" or "I am a policewoman", that kind of thing...
Another way I learnt it was that:
"Táim" is used for when you are expressing something that will most likely change. E.g. "Ta me go maith" - "I am (doing) well."
But you use "Is" when expressing something that probably won't change. E.g. "Is Eireannach me" - "I am Irish".
Hope that helps.
Does this means Ta me can still be used in the sentence which usually uses Taim?
I wrote "You and I are" that was wrong. If it was a answer to a question it might be, "we are" The only way it would be said in such a way would be like "who is going with us to the park."(to a group) and you spoke and said, I am and(look around)( or point to).....she is." There are other ways, but I agree it is strange in context.
Why is there a distinction between Taim/is me or ta si/ is i? When would you use one or the other?
There are two ways of expressing the English verb "to be": ta and is. The difference is somewhat similar to Spanish "ser" and "estar," if that helps. Google something like "irish ta versus is" and you'll find a good number of sites that will explain the difference clearly.
Going to give it my best guess here. When I say táim, I mean "I exist". I wouldn't use it to mean that "I am a man" or "I am a doctor" or whatever -- for that I would use "Is ... me". Same thing with tá sí/ is ... i. "Tá si" = "She is." (That is, "she exists"). "Is ... i" = "She is ..." (as in, "She is a woman ["Is bean i"]). I think this is how it works, but don't take my word as gospel.
"Is" is used to show that the following two words are equal and are talking about the same person or thing. It cannot be used to mean I exist and she exists, nor to use adjectives to describe people or things. http://www.irishgaelictranslator.com/articles/grammar/ta-and-is-the-to-be-verbs/
'Tá' comes from the same proto-Indo-European root as English 'stand' and expresses a copula for "state", while 'Is' comes from the root that gave the English 'is' and respectively expresses an "essence". The difference between the two notions has already been explained, I just wanted to provide a hint how one may remember them more easily.
why does the answer say its right? but when you put in what the answer says it says that its wrong?????
this sentence is contrary to the easy laid back style lesson 3 has. It is ironic that this sentence has no solid meaning.
This is a really awkward sentence, and it would only be used in certain occasions anyway.
So, I was told "I am and she is" was wrong even though I wrote it because the translation suggested it. The solution that I was told, and the one I typed to get this 'correct' was "I am and it's" which, as I already said, is not what the suggestion says. But it also isn't what the solution is shown to be here. I came here to see if I could understand this better, but now am more confused.
It wouldn't accept my answer until I put a full stop after the sentence, I don't think this is normal?