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"Is dáta speisialta é."

Translation:It is a special date.

November 21, 2014


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Does "dáta" only refer to the calendar date or can it also mean a date between two people?

February 25, 2015


A date between two people would be coinne rather than dáta.

April 29, 2015


What is the different between "it is a special date" and "the date is special"?

February 12, 2017


"it is a special date" requires the copula, because you are linking a pronoun ("it") and a noun ("date"). The presence of the attributive adjective "special" isn't relevant to the requirement to use the copula. Is dáta speisialta é.

"the date is special" is not a copula, you just have a noun ("date"") and a predicative adjective "special" - tá an dáta speisialta.

November 2, 2017


Ahh, thanks!

November 2, 2017


Does "it is a special day" work for this as well?

November 21, 2014


That would use instead of dáta.

November 21, 2014


Go raibh maith agat!

November 21, 2014


Is there a difference between speisialta and spéisiúil?

January 21, 2018

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Completely different words - spéis, with a fada, means a fondness or an interest. It gives rise to the adjective spéisiúil.

speisialta, meaning "special", doesn't have a fada, and therefore does not sound like spéisiúil. (speisialta sounds a lot like "special").

Fadas matter. A vowel with a fada is a completely different letter from the same vowel without a fada.

January 21, 2018


thank you, I'm not paying enough attention and often mistake those words for each other

September 23, 2018
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