"An bhfilleann sibh?"

Translation:Do you return?

4 years ago

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/BlueWillow991967

As far as what this actually means, is this a sentence an Irish speaker would actually say, when an English speaker would ask "Are you coming back?" I know the literal translation would be different, but is that what's being asked here?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EavanM

It's important to remember that the verbs in these early lessons are conjugated to be habitual. So this doesn't mean, "Are you returning" or "will you return," it means the asker wants to know if you typically/always/regularly return.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shoukra
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Could this also be "Are you returning"?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UaSirideain

I believe that would be "an bhfuil sibh ag filleadh?"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hierony
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So would the response be "Fillean" / "Ní fillean", then?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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The negative would be Ní fhilleann, since lenites.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Yes, that's what the response would be.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ballygawley
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is the response always the basic form e.g. "filleann", or would / could it also be "fillimid"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Generally, I believe, it's Filleann, though Filleann muid would be fine too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
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Why does this have the bh added to the verb? I will go read the notes again though, maybe it was in there somewhere.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/becky3086
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Never mind I found it in the eclipsis notes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/linkofchain
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This seems like an awkward sentence without any context. Is this something that one would commonly say in irish? In response to what?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lauren-Sophie
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I made a mistake and Duolingo told me "Do ye return?" is the correct translation. I am not a native English speaker and I never heard "ye". what does it mean?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mcmisher

It an outdated English pronoun that is/was an informal "you". It is still used in some dialects of British, Irish and Scottish English.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John787925

In Irish English it's fairly popularly used for the 2nd person plural, with "you" used for the singular.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/birgit72635
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Some native English speakers use ye instead of you. That's something you are not told in school, but I have learnt a lot of different words in duolingo. ;-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TreasaWilson

I wouldn't use it when speaking English yourself. It would sound very odd to most English speakers.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nahuatl1939
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so, if I understand well, AN means " do " in this type of sentences when they are interrogative? if not, AN means " the". Am I right ? If so, why doesn't DUO give "do" as an alternative translation ? Or maybe I am completely wrong ?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John787925

Nothing in the Irish means "do" - after all, the word "do" doesn't serve any semantic purpose in the English sentence, it's just a dummy verb we insert because "Return you?" would be ungrammatical. There's no reason another language would have a direct translation for that word.

But an doesn't translate to "the" here either; it seems like just as the English inserts a dummy "do" that doesn't mean anything, the Irish inserts a dummy "an" that doesn't refer to anything :/

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TreasaWilson

'Do' is used in English when asking a question 'Do you (verb)?' - answer 'Yes I do / No I don't'.

The confusion here is that there are two Irish words "an" with different meanings.

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LenaCapaillUisce

I would have thought bhf would be pronounced as W, not V, here - like in bhfuil. Can anyone explain, or is it random?

2 months ago
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