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"You like food."

Translation:Is maith leat bia.

September 19, 2014



Is maith liom é. = I like it.

Is maith leat é. = You like it.

Is maith leis é. = He likes it.

Is maith léi é. = She likes it.

Is maith linn é. = We like it.

Is maith libh é. = You like it.

Is maith leo é. = They like it.


Growing up in Ireland we had verb conjugation drilled into us in Irish class.


And I've forgotten most of it


Thanks a lot, that helps!


A dont understat what is diferend between "is maith liom" and "is maith leat" ...


liom is "with me" and leat is "with you"--so is maith liom means "I like" while is maith leat is "You like".


I know I have read it somewhere, but now am not sure where, but when is the h added to a consonant for lenition? I cannot remember the term for adding the h either.


“Lenition” is the term for adding the H after a consonant. As the lessons progress, you’ll discover other circumstances which also call for lenition.


What is the difference between mbia and bia ? Thanks for the answer


Bia is the base form of the word; mbia is the eclipsed form, used in certain grammatical circumstances (e.g. ár mbia, “our food”).


what does leat mean


How would you ask "do you like food"?


The question form of is is an, so would would say: An maith leat bia?


So "is" is the chopail form which means it is used to introduce someone or something, but to say "you like food" seems like a description to me so it seems like you should use bí, but you don't. Would someone mind explaining it to me, thanks!


When trying to translate the verb "to be" into Irish, you have to choose between two forms, the copula is and the verb . In that case, you decide whether your "to be" is "introduce someone or something" (not the most useful description of an chopail, IMO).

You're not trying to translate "to be" into Irish in this case, so you don't have to decide whether to use the copula or , therefore the "introduce someone or something" determiner is of no relevance.

"love", "like", "hate", "adore" etc are all verbs in English. In Irish you use the copula with a noun or an adjective and the preposition le to translate those verbs. That's just the way Irish expresses those types of verbs.

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