Just for future reference, what are the conjugations of this verb?
It depends on the dialect. Some dialects use only analytic forms, some use more synthetic forms more than the standard does. However, I believe the Caighdeán is given in the tips and hints of the section.
Didn't appear to be there, galaxyrocker. Here's a couple I've found: infinitive - bí I am - táim you are - tá tú he/she/it is - tá sé we are - táimid you (all) are - tá sibh they are - tá siad
It's there under "Basics 1".
Also, bí is not the infinitive. It's the imperative form of the verb. a bheith is the infinitive.
But, depending on dialect, you have:
Tá mé or Táim
Tá tú or Táir or Taoi
Tá muid or Táimid
and Tá siad or Táid or Tádar
Thanks so much galaxyrocker! I was looking in the wrong place.
Very good answer! I always used 'tá mé' and 'tá muid.' Never even heard those variations on 'tá tú' and 'tá siad.'
For now I won't worry about it, but it's good to have this information. Thank you for sharing.
Why did it say I was wrong when I picked "Táimid"? If Tá muid and Táimid are the same thing, how do I know which one to use?
If it's multiple choice, you must pick all translations. As to which one to use, it depends on what dialect you wish to speak. I suggest just picking one, and sticking with it.
So I couldn't recall the translation and moused over the phrase "we are." The phrase which popped up was "is...muid". I wrote this, and was of course marked off. Why was this the mouseover popup?
From what I understand "is...muid" is used with something that changes, but Táimid is used to describe a more permanent state.
Taoy- meed: how exactly is ai pronounced? Is it a broad vowel "a" followed by the letter "I" sound? It is a sound like no other! It reminds be how the Ozzies, South Africans and NZ's all pronounce their big vowels for the word "no" and "go" It has the same ring to it.