"Horses are animals."

Translation:Is ainmhithe iad capaill.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/smrch
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"Is ainmhithe capaill" should be accepted.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Stronzia
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I think that the pronoun is integral part of the Copula: "Is - subject complement - pronoun - logical subj (if needed)" is like a conjungation in Standard Irish.

There's a complete explanation with several examples here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4300985

For a comparison of the Copula between English and most of other languages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copula_(linguistics)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

But the issue with that sentence is the definite noun phrase. IF you use one, you have to have the pronoun; otherwise, you don't. Is ainmhithe capaill is correct.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IJR3
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well they listened 'cuz that's what I put and it was accepted

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Beth356444

Iad is always there i thought maybe thag too

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdes596
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Dunno, think the "iad" is vital here.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Nah. Not without a definite article.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdes596
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Probably so, but in class we always say it that way

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

I believe it's an Ulster thing. I just know in the grammar books I looked through, and GnaG, it says you only need the subject with a definite noun phrase.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TobyBartels
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@Hsn: Is ainmhithe iad na capaill. The horses are animals.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdes596
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K thanks. We're actually from Munster, but yeah that makes sense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hsn626796
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What would an example of a sentence with a definite noun phrase be ?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grady777

Are animals, them horses.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MacLynnsci

(it)'s animals they (are)-(them) horses

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katmaloo
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So, could you drop the "iad" and just put "capaill"?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Yes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

In fact, I would say the iad is absolutely non-standard there, and perhaps wrong in all dialects.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DTSFF
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I agree, if you read this section in GnaG (I think that it is really the same thing, with plurals instead of singulars), the iad in this sentence seems just plain wrong. It is a classificatory sentence with two indefinite nouns, no iad is needed. In fact, GnaG states that such sentences with an indefinite subject are uncommon, and that a sentence with a definite subject would be preferred in this case, so Is ainmhithe iad na capaill. (just like here). There is no mention of a dialectal variation that would use Is ainmhithe iad capaill.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dancingirl1

I don't understand why it's not '' Is capaill ainmhithe'' :/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lancet
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That would mean "Animals are horses". The word order is important. Think back to other examples:

  • Is fear mé I am a man
  • Is fir muid We are men.
  • Is ainmhithe muid We are animals.
  • Is ainmhithe (iad) capaill Horses are animals.
2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Beth356444

Me neither

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joshua.hogan

Tescos don't agree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Katebutler4

Im irish normally but i dpeak English

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ciaran1357

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2 years ago
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