"Is liomsa an leabhar."

Translation:The book is mine.

4 years ago

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Hopswatch
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They stole that from "Army of Darkness"!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mwasson
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More than the other languages I've done, I'm getting the sinking feeling that many of the sentences in Irish Duo are references to movies or books or music that are going right over my head. ;D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eikhyrr
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why is it liomsa and not liom?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Liomsa is an emphatic form of liom — using it in this sentence is the equivalent of “The book is mine.”

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndreaOM1

Because its reffering to the the possesion. leatsa then would be yours.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rawrcula

Shouldn't "It's my book" be right, too?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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No, that would be Is é mo leabhar é.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sclare92

Why does 'bh' not say the sound 'v' like in other words?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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The sound of stressed eabh varies by dialect, but doesn’t include /v/.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Feoilsanta
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I wrote "It is my book" how would that be different ?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lancet
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As with the English version, this sentence emphasises ownership:

"The book (which we previously mentioned) is mine."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tj4234
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Just out of interest, is this the same construction as 's ann leam in Scots Gaelic?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisTong2

I think this is the same construction as 'Is leamsa ...' ('... is mine') in Scottish Gaelic. "'S ann leamsa a tha ..." would be equivalent to " ... belongs to me", which is subtly different in English, but I'm not sure there's a distinction between the two constructions in Gaelic.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ciaratiara

so, it is incorrect to write "liom an leabhar"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

There's no verb in liom an leabhar. You need a verb for the sentence to make sense. The copula fills that role in this sentence.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FoxyAuroraBat

"Liom" translates to "With me", hence "Is maith liom x" (x is good with me).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iamfromireland
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The book's mine?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mwasson
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Yes, that should be accepted. If it wasn't, please report it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Becky122972

I got marked wrong for "It's my book." Gr

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

It's my book is more specifically Is é mo leabhar é, but context is important. If you were saying "It's my book, I've been looking for that everywhere", you'd say Is é mo leabhar é, bhí mé á lorg ar fud na háite. On the other hand the answer to "Whose book is this?" - Cé leis an leabhair seo? is Is liomsa an leabhar, which can reasonably interpreted as "the book is mine" or "it's my book", and you could even interpret the question and answer as "Who owns this book?" and "I own the book" ("own" can be a verb in English, but there is no equivalent verb in Irish).

So you're not wrong, but the phrase "it's my book" is ambiguous in English, and can mean two different things.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paigealread

Will we have to say the words like we do in french

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConanMullan

I wrote 'The book is mines' but it said it was wrong

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/feyMorgaina
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"Mines" is not the correct English possessive pronoun for the first person singular. It should be "mine". "Mines" is a plural for the noun "mine" or a form of the verb "to mine".

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mine#Pronoun

3 years ago
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