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" uirthi imirt."

Translation:She must play.

November 3, 2014



Is this literally 'It's on her to play'? I'm sure I've heard myself say sentences like this.


It can't be "She wants to play"?


I think you're thinking of "uaithi" and not "uirthi". As far as I understood, "ar + bí" is obligation, whereas "ó + bí" is wanting something.


Made the same mistake; grma!


Oh gosh, of course. Just a silly mistake. :) Thank you!


I would love a pronunciation for both of those. They are so easy to confuse when you see them and I seem to say them both the same way probably because I haven't heard them enough to remember how to say either one.


There are quite a lot of exercises on Duolingo that include the pronunciation of uaithi or uirthi.

Unfortunately, the current speakers pronunciation of uirthi is very inconsistent - I hear 4 different pronunciations.

For uaithi she uses two different pronunciations, "wuhu" and "wihee".
Tá bia uaithi
Níl cíor uaithi
An bhfuil braillíní nua uaithi?
An bhfuil páipéar uaithi?
Tá cóta gorm uaithi

(Donegal Irish tends to pronounce the 3rd person feminine prepositional poronouns with an "ee" ending, Connacht and Munster are more likely to use an "eh" or "uh" sound).


Sorry I didn't see all your links when I first commented. I must say it is a little depressing to be trying to learn a language and never have a definite way of saying a lot of the words. And I understand that not everyone pronounced words the same in Irish but they don't in English either but when you learn English you really do have a standard to go by. I feel like one day (years and YEARS from now, lol) I may be able to read Irish but never really understand it spoken,,,,oh well, who knows, maybe if I watch enough Irish shows on TG4.....


Isn't this form of the verbal usually with an a in front of the verbal noun in these lessons? Like "Tá uirthi a imirt?" Could someone explain how this is different here?


"imirt" is the verbal noun form. In this construction (tá ar (person) (verbal noun)) it doesn't need any additional participle.


No sound 28 September 2017



There's never been sound for this exercise.


What would be "she must leave"?


"caithfidh sí imeacht"
"ní mór di imeacht"
"is éigean di imeacht"
"tá uirthi imeacht"
"tá aici le himeacht"
"is gá di imeacht"


Tá uirthi fágáil.


'Tá uirthi imeacht' vs 'Tá uirthi imirt.' Easily confused.


And "she must play hurling" would be "Tá uirthi iománaíocht a imirt"?


"Uirthi" has previously been taught in this course as expressing intention. So couldn't this also be "She intends to play"?


Do you have a link to an example where uirthi has been taught as expressing intention?

I can find 3 exercises that use "she intends", and they all use fúithi, not uirthi.

She intends to swim twice today
She intends to run with the man
She intends to listen to the woman


My bad, SatharnPHL. You are right. I confused the prepositions. Thanks for the correction.

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