"Does he need a book?"
Translation:An dteastaíonn leabhar uaidh?
There doesn't seem to be much distinction between "want" and "need" in Irish going by de Bhaldraithe and Ó Dónaill. Here are some of the ways of saying the above sentence.
- An dteastaíonn leabhar uaidh?
- An bhfuil leabhar ag teastáil uaidh?
- An bhfuil leabhar uaidh?
- An bhfuil gá aige le leabhar?
- Nach mór leabhar dó?
- An bhfuil leabhar de dhíth air?
- An bhfuil leabhar in easnamh air?
- An bhfuil sé ar díth leabhair?
- An bhfuil díth leabhair air?
- An bhfuil ceal leabhair air?
- An bhfuil easpa leabhair air?
- An bhfuil díobháil leabhair air?
- An bhfuil leabhar de dhíobháil air?
OMG, so helpful but maybe not so helpful right now, lol. A little overwhelming. I am sure it is the same in English but I would be happy just to learn the one way of saying it.....
Yes. The poet Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna used two of them in the one line in his poem An Bonnán Buí.
Is chan easpa bidh ach díobháil dí
A d'fhág i do luí thú ar chúl do chinn
If Tá ... uaidh means "He needs...", why does An bhfuil... uaidh not mean "Does he need..."?
Or should that answer be accepted?
I thought that was the case, but on some of the sentences, the hover-over hint for Tá ... uaidh is "He needs...". I remember thinking that I thought the hint was a mistake, so maybe it's not correct? If I come across that hint again, I'll post it here.
Edit: Maybe I got it backwards, and it's Teastaíonn...uaidh that can be translated "He wants..." and "He needs...".
Edit 2: I think this thread explains what I was thinking.
Yes, some of the dictionary hints are still incorrect. Be sure to report them whenever you discover such.
I beleive Teastaigh can be used to mean "want", but it's (almost) always "need" when used by native speakers
The question marker "an" requires eclipsis in this case
An / nach require eclipsis, ar / nár require lenition
Uaibh is the second person plural form of the prepositional pronoun ó. It generally means "from you" (plural). What other translations of it do you have?