An Explanation, Please? :)
Dia duit! This is my first time posting something in the discussion, and I am hoping that this is an appropriate post :)
I have a question about the 'Tips and Notes' section of the Basics 1 in the Irish course. I was reading through the 'To be' section and I was wondering if someone could clarify this example for me:
Tá siad anseo - They are here
The chart of the verb 'bí' says that 'they are' is 'siad', however in this example there is 'tá' in front of 'siad' and I am not sure where that came from.
Could someone please explain this to me? I'd really appreciate it. Thank you very much!
Tips and Notes fail. I really suggest you read more about basic grammar here on Wikipedia before continuing with more lessons - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_grammar
"Tá" is the present of the verb "to be". "Siad" is the pronoun "they". "They are" = "Tá siad"
There are two ways to conjugate verbs - one is the analytical when you use "tá" followed by the pronoun: tá mé, tá tú, tá sé/sí, tá muid, tá sibh, tá siad.
The other way is called the synthetic form, where "tá" is merged with the pronoun - that's how we get "táim" and "táimid".