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"You must write."

Translation:Tá ort scríobh.

November 23, 2014



Intuitively, I put in an 'a' between 'ort' and 'scriobh' (Tá ort a scríobh) and had an error.

Admittedly, I did not have any well founded reason to put in the 'a', and I don't feel cheated og bullied or anything like that. However, I have observed, it is often used in where one you use 'to' in an equivalent English sentence. And before Verbal Nouns as well.

So what does the 'a' actually mean, and why would it be wrong to use it here? (Barring the possibility that it actually COULD be used here, only it has not been included as one of the correct translations.)


To say "Tá ort a scríobh" would roughly translate to "you must to write", which doesn't make sense. To put it simply, the preposition "a" is used when an object comes before a verb - eg. "you must write a story" would be "Tá ort scéal a scríobh" I hope that makes sense!


Is Tá scríobh ort wrong? If it isn't is there any difference in emphasis between the two?


That would translate to a broken kind of "write on you". As if to tell someone they should...i dont know, take a note on themselves. lol


I think this one is broken. Tells me its wrong shows me the other answer, asks it again i put the answer it said is right and it says its wrong and my original answer was right.


Tá is such a magical verb


So if you are trying to say "must" you put it before the verb.


It's yet another phrasal verb, and still comes after the verb here. Irish has no verb for 'must', so it's expressed by "It's on X Y" where X is the person who 'must'. So is still the main verb in the Irish sentence.


Ok thanks. I get it though, I think (when you get into that XY stuff, my mind has no idea what you are saying). The "must" ones go before...whatever you want to call the last word .


X and Y here are just placeholders; they can stand for anything.


There you go! Otherwise it can have pretty hilarious consequences.


Why is it "Tá ort scríobh" here, but in a previous exercise it was "Tá air scéal a insint?"

Does the second example need an 'a' before the verbal noun because it comes after a noun (scéal)?


When you have an infinitive with an object in English ("to tell a story"), the object comes before the verbal noun in Irish, separated by the preposition a - scéal a insint.


thank you, that makes sense. :^)


what does tá scríobh ort mean?


It is on you to write???


Both answers i have said are wrong but they both mean the exact same thing


Why is it "tá ort scríobh"? I thought "air" meant must?


Tá orm scríobh - "I must write"
Tá ort scríobh - "You must write"
Tá air scríobh - "He must write"
Tá uirthi scríobh - "She must write"
Tá orainn scríobh - "We must write"
Tá oraibh scríobh - "You (plural) must write"
Tá orthu scríobh - "They must write"
Tá ar Pól scríobh - "Paul must write"
Tá ar an bhfear scríobh - "The man must write"

air doesn't mean "must", tá ar means "must" or "have to", bhí ar means "had to", beidh ar means "will have to".


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