Does inis not need an object?
Even transitive Irish verbs often end up used alone as responses. Since Irish doesn't have a direct "yes" or "no", the answer to "Do you tell bedtime stories to your children?" would be "I tell" or "Insím".
Its dictionary entry states that it’s only a transitive verb, yet it also offers intransitive examples, e.g. Ná hinis orm. (“Don’t tell on me.”).
What exactly do you mean? What sort of sentence are you trying to say?
I think something like "I tell a lie/the truth/(someone)--(something)"
As Insím can be the positive (yes) response to the question, how do you say: Do you tell the story? Is Ní insím the negative response?
Would "Insím tú ach ní éisteann tú liom." be "I tell you but you don't listen to me."?
The first tú would more likely be duit instead, since inis do (literally “tell to”) is an Irish phrasal verb.
I think so...
@deserttitan You are correct (: it's a little jumbled in the translation but that's right.
An insíonn tú scéalta?
So basically to help people out:
Usually, if not at all times, the letter 's' is pronnounced 'sh' as in "shake," "Rush," "Flush," or "show."
The letter s is pronounced "ss" when it is next to a broad vowel (a, o or u) or "sh" when next to a slender vowel (e or i).
There is no "sh" sound in suas. The first s in síos is "sh*, the last one is "ss".