"My mother runs as often as possible."

Translation:Ritheann mo mháthair chomh minic agus is féidir.

November 28, 2014


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Is 'chomh minic agus is féidir' a phrase with an understandable direct translation, or is it one of those things you have to memorize?

January 16, 2016


chomh means "as" or "so" - chomh geal le sneachta - "as white as snow".

minic means "often". It's used in phrases like go minic (Rud a dhéanamh go minic - "to do something often") and chomh minic.

agus is a conjunction. It's normally "and", but in this case it's acting as a "Subordinating conjunction introducing clauses or phrases", and in this case the clauses are connected temporally (they're happening at the same time), which is indicated with "as" in English: Thit sé agus é ag dul thar an droichead, "he fell as he was crossing the bridge".

is féidir - "(it)is possible"

chomh minic agus is féidir - "as often as is possible".
chomh minic agus is féidir leat - "as often as you can".

April 22, 2016


Awesome explanation. Thanks

April 7, 2019


Great sentence! =)

Is Lola í mo mháthair! Agus is Forrest é m'athair! :D

August 9, 2016


I raise my hat to anyone trying to learn this challanging stuff who hasn't gone though the Irish school system!

September 11, 2019


mhamaí can also mean mother, like mháthair can

November 28, 2014


máthair is the root word, not mháthair. Also, isn't mamaí closer to "mommy/mummy" than "mother"? I've always heard it as not nearly as formal, and probably wouldn't be used with a stranger when talking about your mom.

November 28, 2014


Yes it would, but I used mamaí instead of máthair and didn't really get why it was marked as completely incorrect. Also, in the sentence, aspiration is required so that's why I included the 'h'.

November 28, 2014


It is SO hard for me.

March 2, 2017
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