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"Níl bróga aige."

Translation:He does not have shoes.

September 3, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MustaphaFagg

I put "He has no shoes". The height of elegance. Amn't I allowed to use Hiberno-english here? ("Amn't" first recorded in 1618, and in use where I come from ever since). Merriam-Webster says, "Chiefly Scotland and Ireland", We can be very chiefly.

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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It has nothing to do with Hiberno-English - "He has no X" is usually translated in Irish as Níl aon X aige. It is more emphatic than the basic "he doesn't have shoes" - Níl bróga aige.

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MustaphaFagg

We use "He hasn't a" for emphasis. He hasn't a pot to piss in. He hasn't a penny to his name.

March 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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We don't say "he hasn't a shoe".

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MustaphaFagg

Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg, hurroo, hurroo Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg Ye're an armless, boneless, chickenless egg

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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Níl lámh ar bith agat, níl cos ar bith agat, is ubh gan lámh, gan cos, gan sicín thú!.

April 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarshaOSul

Why can this also translate as "He doesn't have any shoes"?

May 29, 2017
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