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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!

  • legolaslovesrice
September 19, 2014



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".


Ah! Okay, I understand now. Sorry about that. That makes a lot more sense. Thanks for the help and tips!

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