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"He is a good man."

Translation:Fear maith is ea é.

October 16, 2014



I thought "Is ea" meant "it is," so why is there also an "é" here? I suck at Irish, so I'm sure this is incorrect, but it seems like "Fear maith is ea é" says "He it is a good man."


I could be completely wrong, but I think "Fear maith is ea é" translates more literally to "A good man, he is it". Which would translate more naturally to "He is a good man".


Thank you, always tricky to understand how the Irish sentences are formed.

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    very helpful, thanks


    Isn't the verb always the first in a sentence not the subject


    It accepts both "Is fear maith é" & "Fear maith is ea é" as correct, so it looks like it could go either way for some reason.


    Why not ''ta...se''


    The verbs and is have different uses in Irish, and there is a lot more about them coming your way. Worth getting a good grammar book, but broadly goes with adjectives to describe things and is with nouns and pronouns to identify, categorise and classify people and things.

    "I am cold" is describing a transient feature or experience. "It is cold" is describing a transient feature of the weather. Both use . Tá mé fuar, ta sé fuar.

    "I am a man" = a permanent feature, an identifying characteristic. "I am a cold man" = a permanent characteristic, I am taciturn, unemotional, unresponsive - in a word, cold. Both use is. Is fear mé Is fear fuar mé Duine fuarchúiseach is ea é (He is a cold, unresponsive person).


    Tá sé fear maith?


    No - when using a noun (fear) to describe a noun or pronoun (é), you use the copula is, not the verb ( in the present tense).


    I thought "Is fear mhaith é" was a correct although less powerful way of saying this? Went with it on a multiple choice one.


    It wouldn't be lenited. Is fear maith é is a way to say this, yes. It's like say "He is a good man" versus "He is a good man in English"


    There's my mistake!!! Thanks :)


    I marked "is fear maith é" and it said that was wrong

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    I also had that marked wrong -- not because that version is incorrect, but because there are TWO correct versions, and I only chose one of them. Perhaps this was your case, also?


    I've read somewhere in this skill's discussion section that is is used to "categorize" things instead of describing them.

    If so, then why is is used here, instead of ?


    "He is a man" - "he" is in the category or classification "man".

    The adjective maith/"good" is just decoration, and doesn't change the fact that this is a copula.


    The answer given is 'is fear maith é' and elsewhere 'fear maith is ea é'


    "Is fear deas é" Why is this wrong?


    deas means "nice".


    This should be sé instead of é


    No it should not. is not used with the copula.


    Should accept:

    Is maith an fear é


    Why is "Is maith é ea fear" wrong?


    "Is fear maith é" & "Fear maith is ea é" are both marked correct. Curious why the position of the verb is mutable here?


    Fear faith is ea é is the answer I put down, but the program wants is fear maith é. ?????

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