"It is."

Translation:Is ea.

September 6, 2014



The pronoun 'ea' is only ever used with 'is'. In speech, 'is ea' is often pronounced 'sea' /ʃa/.


That explains why it always sounds like they're saying "Sea" on Ros na Run, even though I was told Irish didn't have a word for yes. Thank you.


That is, indeed, helpful. Thank you.

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Except when it's used with nach or an or más or ba.

Examples from focloir.ie:
"that's a bit of a problem" - fadhb bheag is ea é sin
'Is that a problem?' 'I guess not.' 'An fadhb é sin?' 'Is dócha nach ea'
"Boastful? Moi?" - Gaisciúil? Mise, an ea?
"go on then, since you're that clever!" - seo leat más ea, ós rud é go bhfuil tú chomh cliste sin!
"it was a momentous day" - lá mór ba ea é


When would I use "Is é" and when would I use "Is ea" and then when would I use "Tá sé" ?


could someone please explain the difference between is ea and is é


I entered Tá sé which was accepted. I'm just wondering if they can be used interchangeably or if circumstances dictate which one to use. Any input would be appreciated.

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They are not interchangeable.

You use if you are agreeing with or affirming a sentence that used the verb , you use is ea when agreeing with or affirming a sentence that used the copula.

(Though strictly speaking you should only use , without the . Tá sé without anything following it doesn't normally occur).


Why does the S in 'Is' sound like 'sh' in this statement, when it would be 'ss' in, for example, 'Is fear (e')'?

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The more appropriate question might be "why is the S in is fear é pronounced with a broad "ss" sound, when it is next to a slender vowel?"


The copula is is an exception to the broad/slender rule. The 's' is only slender before the pronouns é, í, ea, and iad, and it is broad before nouns and adjectives.


The 's' in "is" is slender only before the pronouns é, í, ea, and iad, and it is broad before nouns and adjectives.


Would "ta se" make sense too?

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