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"Ólann na buachaillí."

Translation:The boys drink.

August 30, 2014



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Using dictionary hints: Drink the boys.


ólann na buachaillí shows a correct translation of: 'the boys drink'. What would be the difference between this and 'the boys are drinking'? In english 'the boys drink' means that that is something that they do but doesn't necessarily mean that they are right now whereas 'the boys are drinking' infers immediacy to the action.


It's the same thing here; perhaps they're doing it now, or maybe it's something they usually do. This tense is like the English present simple. The present continuous form would be constructed with "tá" and the verbal noun "ag ól", like "Tá siad ag ól".


Drink The Boys


Is the stress in "buachaillí" on "í" or on "bua"?


The stress is on the i


Wiktionary says it is on the first syllable "bua": https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/buachaill%C3%AD

Also, this beginner's guide says that words are normally accented/stressed on the first syllable (with some few exceptions) unless we are talking about Munster (Southern) Irish: http://www.standingstones.com/gaelpron.html


The boys drink: a) Beer b) Water c) The dreams of children that never came true d) Juice


The boys drink would end up being a different meaning then the boys are drinking because the boys drink could be present but not now, meaning they are drinking something but they aren't putting it in their mouths, unlike the boys are drinking that could be they are drinking currently not they are having that drink. Also the words are different if the answer was the boys are drinking it would end up as a different question instead of Óllan na buachailli.


What does na mean


It means “the” for plural nouns (and feminine genitive singular nouns).

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