"Is ea."

Translation:It is.

August 31, 2014


Sorted by top thread


Often contracted and run together as "Sea".

October 19, 2014


Pól, are you between us!!!


The speaker incorrectly stresses 'is' instead of 'ea'.


To anyone coming along and reading this later... there's a new speaker, the audio has been changed, and she doesn't have this problem.


Oh, God. That audio is awful. Another case of the speaker not knowing...


Am I correct that this is considered an informal way to say "Yes" in general, particularly the "sha" part? I've heard that a lot of native speakers bristle at that, but that it's common. True?


Yep, my old Irish teacher used to always say "Sha" for yes and then many others say Tá


How do you properly pronounce this?


"Ish a" comes closest - as smrch notes, the emphasis should be placed on the latter word.


I think it's more like 'i sha'. As Paul said, it's often contracted to 'Sea' pr. 'Sha'.


Could you say "ta se"?

  • 1228

If you are responding to a question that uses the copula, then you have to use the copula in the answer - An lá fuar é? "is it a cold day?" - Is ea "It is".

If the question doesn't use the copula, and uses the verb instead then you use tá sé as the answer - An bhfuil sé fuar? "Is it cold?" - Tá sé "It is" Notes: an bhfuil is interrogative form of in the present tense.
You don't need to include the in this case - just is sufficient.

(If you don't understand when the copula is used yet, don't worry, it'll get easier with practice, but using the verb bi when you should use the copula is a frequent mistake for beginners.


'S ea or an ea with the copula, with . That's clear. But what about with other verbs? I would welcome any clarification. For example. "An léann tú ar maidin? Léim." Is it legitimate, instead of léim to answer with 'S ea? I'm guessing not, but it would be good to be clear on this point.

  • 1228

'Sea is not a valid answer to An léann tu? but it's a common mistake made by learners. The reflex to say "yes" or "no" in answer to a question is strong, so you will hear 'sea used when it shouldn't be.

Learn Irish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.