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"What is the average?"

Translation:Cad é an meán?

November 13, 2014



So this is literally "what it the average?"? Why don't we need a verb here?


The coupla implied by the question (it's subsumed by the word)


Thanks, that makes sense.


Can you explain what a cupla is in detail?


We're getting into deep linguistic territory here, mate. I don't know if you really want it in detail.

But, in Irish, the copula is is in the positive present indicative. It's used basically to classify/identify one noun as another noun.


Why does 'céard é an meán' not work? Why only 'cad é'?


céard é should work.


How can we tell if the predicate like é comes after the question word in a sentence, like Cad, or after a word like aois or t-am or an meán?


Wondering the same. I'm still having trouble figuring out bhfuil vs. atá and now... vs. é. Though, I think atá is more like being in the moment, and é is more fixed. I suppose it just depends on the type of question you're asking.


Is it 'cad is ainm dom' but 'cad e an mhean' because one is an 'is' construction and the other a 'ta' construction?


I wouldn't know about your question, but with reference to bean I made the same mistake as you;-) Meán is not lenited after "an" because it is masculine. Only feminine nouns lenited after "an" (even though "meán" and "bean" seem similar). https://www.duolingo.com/skill/ga/Lenition


In cad is ainm dom, you have a relative clause, and you don't in Cad é an meán


I don't know what a relative clause is. Can you explain?


A relative clause is like [I see that man who is eating]


What does this sentence have to do with Dates and Time?


Because of the month Meán Fómhair (september) which (and correct me if I'm wrong more experienced Gaeilgeoirí) carries the conotation of "mid fall"


I've noticed that in several languages, if a word having to do with the unit topic has a different meaning as well, they will include that to point out to you that the word has two meanings.


Is this meaning the mathematical average ( the mean), or just what is normal?


Well, given that "Meán Fómhair" is mid-autumn, that's the median, not the mean, in the mathematical sense. And what is "normal" would be the modal average, no?

FWIW, English "mean" (in this sense) comes from Old French "meien" which comes from Latin "medianus", and itself had stronger connotations of what we now call the median, not the mean.

I daresay the Irish got "meán" from the same source, somewhere along the way.

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