ionainn is defined as "in us", so when I wrote lawyers are in us which is technically correct based on the hints is wrong. I don't see how this is different from táimid dlíodóirí or whatever the we version of is dlíodóirí iad (which I think is is dlíodóirí sinn but I'm not sure) is. When and where do the differences come in and why is there another version of this?
There's no explanations on this at all.
> Hyperlinks don't work in the app.
Well, that's really annoying.
But, to summarize:
what's being done here is just the usage of a relative clause. However, while the English translation is the same as Is dlíodóirí muid, the Irish does have a different meaning.
Do non-hyperlinsk work? If so, see here:
and the link above: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4539968
I understand English and Irish are not one to one. My question is, in what context is it appropriate to use "Is dlíodóirí muid" and in what context is it appropriate to use "Dlíodóirí atá ionainn"? How does one know which form to use depending on the context of the statement? In what instances are they not interchangeable?
The link above to http://nualeargais.ie/gnag/bi_ina.htm, provided by galaxyrocker, says:
'These forms are used:
- If a recently attained or temporary function, profession or similar is meant, e.g.: Bhí mé fós i mo chailín beag ag an am sin = I was still a little girl at the time; ...
- In tenses where there is no copular form, so, in the future, imperative, as well as in clauses requiring a verbal noun.'
@Gregory743155, that page also says:
Often, one needs clause forms with the verb bí instead, partially to express the time relevance ("I was a student at that time "), the attainment ("then I became a teacher ") or also just to vary things a bit. In some dialects, these cluase forms are generally preferred over copular clauses.
Are there different instances where one would use Is dlíodóirí muid vs. Dlíodóirí atá ionainn, or are they used interchangeably? I understand the sentence construction differences based on the links and how they're slightly different, but I'm not sure I fully grasped how the Irish does have different meanings even though the English translation is the same.
táimid dlíodóirí is never acceptable - you have to use the copula when you are using a noun to identify or categorize a noun or pronoun - Is dlíodóirí muid.
The occasions where Dlíodóirí atá ionainn would be more appropriate are outlined in the earlier comments, but realistically, if there's no obvious reason to avoid the copula, then use the copula.