"Tá cara agam sa bhaile."

Translation:I have a friend at home.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/freymuth
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Could this also be translated "I have a friend in the town" (and not be marked wrong)?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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It could be translated that way, although ar an mbaile is a better translation of “in the town”. (Prepositions don’t always exactly correspond between languages.) Don’t be concerned at all about whether it results in being marked wrong or not; the whole purpose of beta testing is to find such problems (and to correct them) before a general release, and the Duolingo Irish course is still in its beta testing period.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/talideon
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Yup. Though 'baile' has a rather broader meaning than just 'town'. The best equivalent I can think of in English is 'settlement'.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatHargan
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Yes, that translation is accepted, I've just tried it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisOvert1

"I have a friend who is in their house".

"I live in this place, but I have a friend from my home town".

"I may not have a friend at work, but when I'm at home I do".

I understand that the given sentence couldn't translate to all of these, but in a colloquial sense, could these all be appropriately used and understood?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Without any contradictory context, the sa bhaile in this sentence would be understood as "at home" (the place where I live).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Indicosa
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Can it also mean city?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/freymuth
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I don't think so. If you look at this link baile is only ever translated as "city" if it's followed by mór, meaning "big". In every other context provided, baile is either "home" or "town".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Conchubhar1987

City is cathair :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sboyne84

I have a friend in town should be accepted.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

No, it shouldn't, because that's not what the phrase sa bhaile means, and if/when you encounter that phrase, you need to understand that the speaker/writer means "at home", not "in the town".

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sboyne84

So both in the town and in town are incorrect. Answer needs to be updated so

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/freymuth
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But "in town" and "in the town" do not mean the same thing, so one can be right without them both being right.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sboyne84

In Hiberno-English and in this context the meaning is the same.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanetMcNei1

I tried I have a friend from home.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConnieKetchum

I put "my friend is at home". How would that translate, please?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL

"my friend" is "mo chara".

"Tá mo chara sa bhaile"

1 year ago
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