"Is maith liom fadhbanna daoine eile a thuiscint."

Translation:I like to understand other peoples' problems.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/obekim
obekim
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I put "...other people's..." (apostrophe BEFORE the s) which was rejected.

I say the apostrophe in "peoples'" is in the wrong place for the meaning of this sentence: "peoples" (apostrophe AFTER the s) would be the genitive of "peoples" (plural of "people") meaning "nations"; here we want the genitive of "people", a plural (collective) noun.

EDIT: The next time round I used the periphrastic form "...problems of other people" and it was accepted: which, in itself, implies that "people's" is correct.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GearoidinOg

You're absolutely right. I've reported it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevin750875
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Alas, that apostrophe is still tripping me up two years later. Amusingly, if I leave the apostrophe out altogether, my answer is accepted.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NJI741534

Yep. It's still wrong.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Wait, why is the verb at the end here? Is there a rule to this?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

It's because it's the verbal noun, being used as an infinitive.. When the subject comes before it, you move the verb after the subject, add a and lenite:

Ex: sin a thuiscint - To understand that.

Here, fadhbanna daoine eile is the object, so it comes before the a thuiscint.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Oh thanks, I didn't notice it was a verbal noun at all :p

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/obekim
obekim
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fadhbanna daoine eile is the subject

I would say that, in relation to "thuiscint", "fadhbanna daoine eile" is actually the direct object ie that is what is being understood, and the implicit (deep level) subject/agent (who is doing the understanding) is me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Yeah. That was just a typo. I ain't no English teacher!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/obekim
obekim
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I isn't neither ;-)

2 years ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago
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