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"Is teanga úsáideach í an Ghearmáinis mar is tír tábhachtach í an Ghearmáin."

Translation:German is a useful language because Germany is an important country.

August 31, 2014



Danke, daß ihr das mit aufgenommen habt =P Thanks for including this =P


Bitte bitte :) Deutschland und Deutsch sind sehr wichtig!


I agree, but it's been *dass, not daß, for the last two decades ;)


'Tír' is feminine, as indicated by the 'í' in 'is ... í an ghearmáin'. So why is 'tábhachtach' not lenited?


You're correct it should be tír thábhachtach. While in some dialects tír can be masculine, it's more common for it to be feminine which it has been throughout the course. What's given here is probably a mistake.

Another small point, but the í in this sentence actually refers to An Ghearmáin. If the country in question were masculine, say Meiriceá then the sentence would read Is teanga úsáideach é an Béarla mar is tír thábhachtach é Meiriceá.


I thought of "tír" as a feminine noun and thought that "tábhachtach" should, therefore, be lenited. This is the standard but, FGB does indicate that it may also be masculine.

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