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"Cheap go raibh mo mháthair sa charr."

Translation:I thought that my mother was in the car.

November 7, 2014



Could it be, "I thought that was my mother in the car?"


No — that English construction is idiomatic for “I thought that someone in the car was my mother.”


That's what I put, too.


And bhí we saw in previous lesson???


In my limited experience, “go raibh / go bhfuil” are used when something that “was / is” is the object of another verb.


But then i saw it was Pól.


Can someone explain the word order here? Why is raibh positioned where it is?


Irish is V/S/O, where the object of a transitive verb (like think/thought) can be another clause.

Verb (what happened): Thought - Cheap Subject (who made it happen): I - mé Object (the thing that happened): my mother was in the car.

So the object is another sentence…

Verb: was - bhí, or go raibh if it’s the object. Same reason it’s go bhfuil instead of tá in present tenses. Subject: my mother - mo mháthair Object: It’s a location this time, “in the car” - sa charr.

Cheap mé go raibh mo mháthair sa charr.

When you ask about raibh, are you mistaking it for “riamh,” thinking they mean “ever?”

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