"I am a woman."
Translation:Is bean mé.
I write the words down with translation and how to say it, (Breaking it down, into parts) That way, I can keep practicing when I'm not on duolingo.
Does anyone else do this?
I use the Android app almost exclusively. Perfect for practicing on the go.
This is a great idea. I will have to start doing this!
I started to, but quickly realized if I did it for every lesson I'd have hundreds of pages of short sentences. So I stopped while I try and figure out the best way to organize my notes.
Táim bean. ?
You must use the copula when using a noun ("woman") to describe a pronoun ("I") - is bean mé. If you are using an adjective ("wet", "late") you use tá - táim fluich, táim déanach.
The Irish for "woman" is bean. It is only lenited (changed to bhean) if there is something that causes lenition. For nouns like bean, the main causes of lenition are the singular definite article an, which lenites feminine nouns, and the possessive adjectives mo, do and a (his), and certain prepositions, which lenite both masculine and feminine nouns. (There are a few other things that cause leniton of nouns, but these are the ones you'll encounter in this course).
As none of of these causes of lenition exist in this sentence, bean is not lenited.
This seems to break the normal rule for sentence order "predicate - subject - object (PSO)". Is this so, and if so, why?
Copular statements don’t follow the same pattern; they can be either predicate - complement - subject or predicate - subject - complement, depending upon the particular type of statement.