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  5. "Tá uisce agat."

" uisce agat."

Translation:You have water.

September 1, 2014



Translated literally, this is like Russian: У меня есть...; To me is...


Yes, I was also reminded of Russian.

Or maybe more like "there is water with me"?

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Uisce - so this is where whiskey came from!


This just makes sense! Is it etymologically sound? I like it anyway.


Yes! Well, from Scottish Gaelic. Whisky comes fron the phrase 'uisge beatha', lit. 'water of life' which is a calque (a loanword that is literal translation of the language it is taken from) from Latin 'aqua vitae'. 'whisky' itself is a shortening of the (now obsolete, afaik) variant 'whiskybae'.

Free fun language and alcohol fact: 'vodka' is the diminutive of 'voda', 'water'. Namin alcohols after water was apparently common practice ;)

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    In Spanish "aguardiente" (lit. burning water) is a kind of liqueur ;)


    Uisce. Water.

    Uisce bheatha. Water of life/ meanin whisky(string alcohol or spirits) Poitin a spirit. Whiskey a spirit.

    Uisce Eireann Irish Water Company



    Is the second syllable stressed in word 'agat'? And I hear definite [ag'ut] instead of [agət].


    No, I hear the first syllable stressed, and wiktionary says so too: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/agat


    'Agat' is Danish according to the link a Danish word for nation in English language. Agut / agat in Gaeilge is other. Anyhow, flitting around on smartphones all day everyday for research both high an low will result in flitting about on the Web o sphere. Ja ja


    Why does it say in the translation you have twice


    They are trying to indicate that "Tá...agat" means "you have" and they list that information under each of those words. Literally, it means "....is with you or at you", so when you break that down "tá" means "is" here and "agat" means "you" related to the item with a preposition. Scroll down on this page to see the Tips & Notes explaining this construction:


    Geez your languages though..


    What is she has water


    Tá uisce aici.


    That's exactly the sort of additional detail that is included in the Tips & Notes for the Phrases skill.

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      It looks like the [dative + "sum" verb], in latin, meaning "habeo"- Am I right?


      I don't know Latin, but if "sum" is a verb that means "have", then no, you're not right.

      Languages like Irish, Russian and Hindi don't have a verb for have. Irish uses Tá X ag Y to say "Y has X", and where Y is a pronoun, it is combined with the preposition.

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        But "sum" in Latin means "to be". When it goes with dative, then, for instance "mihi est" (lit: it is for me), translates as I have.


        As I said, I don't speak Latin, and one of the few phrases that I do know is "Habemus papam" ("We have a pope"), so I really have no idea whether a familiarity with the Latin verb "sum" will help you get to grasp with this construct. Maybe someone who is more familiar with Latin can help.


        needing lots of practice Ta


        And what would be"'he has water'?


        So need to learn conjugation


        It's actually not conjugation, because ag isn't a verb. You're inflecting a preposition based on what follows it.


        Question, why is the verb AFTER uisce??


        That's not a verb, but a prepositional pronoun. It literally means ‘at you’, so word-by-word the sentence is ‘[there] Is water at you’, which is the way in which possession is communicated in Irish.

        The verb is the first word, ‘tá’.


        Other languages have different sentence orders.


        Why can i diference tá...agat for you, or tá...agat for me


        tá ... agat = you have
        tá ... agam = I have


        How does agat mean you have can you conjugate the verb please


        agat doesn't mean "you have" - The Irish for "Y has X" is tá X ag Y, and when "Y" is a pronoun (like ), it is combined with the preposition - ag+mé gives you agam, ag+tú gives you agat, etc.

        The Tips & Notes for the Phrases skill has a little bit more detail.

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