"Fear maith is ea é."

Translation:He is a good man.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Balaur
Balaur
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Is this equivalent to "Is fear maith é"? I don't really understand the structure of this sentence (regarding the word order and the presence of 'ea' together with 'é'), so I'd appreciate if someone could explain it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Use of the copula can be complex; this page provides thorough explanations. The structure of the sentence above puts the emphasis on fear maith, in the same way that the tone of voice in “He is a good man.” would in English — that is, he is a good man, rather than whatever other description of him is being considered.

4 years ago

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Go raibh maith agat! This is very useful information.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FeargalMcGovern

Is it correct to picture the sentence as "good man that he is"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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A more literal meaning might be “It’s a good man, he”.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nina462140
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I can't follow the link in the app, but if you respond to this, I'll get an email, which will link me to the webpage for this discussion, and from that I'll be able to follow the link.

So, apologies for the convoluted process, but I hope you'll respond because right now this exercise makes no sense to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Here’s a response. Are you able to use it to follow that link above?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Karen967084

How is this in the section on question words? The tips page should have had way more information in it. I'm having to get all my understanding off of the discussion pages, so thanks to all of you who know what you're talking about for sharing with the rest of us.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanMeaneyPL
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As I understand it, ea is an old neuter pronoun (it). We see it in * Is ea / 'S ea and ní hea Roughly: "That's it" and "That's not it". It is used with copular constructions as a fronting tool, to add stress. So Is fear maith é is the baseline, but to stress the subject you could have Fear maith is ea é* (He is a GOOD MAN).

Compare Is duine deas é He is a nice PERSON

Is deas an duine é He is a NICE person

Duine deas is ea é He is a NICE PERSON (It's a NICE PERSON that he is)

Is maith an duine é It's a GOOD man (that) he is

If I've got this wrong, I'm sure someone will help us all by jumping on it.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RoyDeSmet
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Why is "It is a good man" not allowed?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sclare92

Because men are he's and not it's in most scenarios, I would imagine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/larryone
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A good man he is

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Magh-Roith

i replied with this, but it was not accepted

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JamesRichardson2

Does this directly translate as "Good man is it he"? If so, could you leave out the ea (fear maith is é), which would translate directly as "Good man is he"?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL

No, and no.

5 months ago
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