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  5. "Is maith liom Dé hAoine."

"Is maith liom hAoine."

Translation:I like Friday.

December 7, 2014



In English you would usually like Fridays (all of them). If I would like a specific Friday in English it would be "this Friday" or next, but not an indefinite, or would it? Is this with one and only a different Irish idiomatic construct or an excercise for translation skills?


In Irish, to like a specific Friday would be "Is maith liom an Aoine seo/sin". I don't recall there being a plural for day names in Irish, so a singular for "I like Friday" does make sense. You like Friday as a whole, no matter what specific Friday. If that makes sense.


As nouns, the names of days can be pluralized (see the discussions for "Sundays" for examples). The plural of Aoine is Aointe.

Tá Aointe deireadh seachtaine Saoire Bainc gnóthach - "Fridays of Bank Holiday weekends are busy"


Thank God it's Friday. I like Friday!


Same here. Reporting it.

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    How would you say "I like Fridays"?


    Is maith loim de hAoine


    ...ach inis dom cén fáth nach maith liom an luan?


    Is the copula "marked" for habitual aspect in the same way as the ordinary present tense in Irish. In other words, should we be saying Is maith liom an Aoine for "I like Fridays"?


    This would be consistent as "Siúlaim ar an Máirt" is "I walk on Tuesdays."


    Why there is the "Dé" if it is a noun?


    For the Irish sentence to match the English translation, it should be Is maith liom an Aoine. — day names as nouns should be accompanied with the article. The Dé hAoine form is for adverbial use.


    Several time de hAoine is Friday instead on 'on Friday'...Cén fath?


    It can be translated as either, depending on context.


    Does this mean a specific Friday? I kind of understood that día + name of day in genitive meant a specific day, and an + name of day in nominative meant "in general".

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