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  5. "Tá uisce ag an iasc."

" uisce ag an iasc."

Translation:The fish has water.

December 19, 2014



Who needs water when you can just be a mudskipper?

April 26, 2015


It looks like a frog in a fish's body :P

May 19, 2016


This is in the eclipsis lesson. Is it here just to teach us that "iasc" has no eclipse?

December 23, 2014


My guess, is that if the subject begins with a vowel, such as "iasc," it doesn't require an eclipse.

January 12, 2015


If an (the) were not there then fish would undergo a change "ag n-iasc". so you will want to read about that also here, scroll down: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/ga/Eclipsis

November 6, 2015


No, it wouldn't. It would be ag iasc.

July 23, 2017


I put 'Tá uisce ag an n-iasc' and it was marked as correct - is that a mistake in the app or is it a valid option in some dialects?

June 9, 2019

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It's not a mistake in the app.

An n- prefix isn't eclipsis, though it is used for vowel initial words in certain places where eclipsis is used (such as after plural possessive adjectives). But even where it would otherwise occur, it isn't used after an.

June 9, 2019


I was wondering this too...

January 7, 2015


I'm confused by this sentence. I though sentences were Verb->Subject->Object, but this one seems to be Verb->Object->Subject. And the help got ag says it means at, so how does this mean The fish has water?

December 19, 2014


Because Irish doesn't have a verb for 'have'. So instead something is 'at you", and this sentence still conforms to it.

December 19, 2014


So "uisce" is the subject and "an iasc" is the object of the preposition "ag." Right?

December 4, 2017


could it be translated as 'water is at the fish'?

April 10, 2015


I really think this should be accepted. I'm trying to focus on the grammatical formation in Irish, which means emphasizing the prepositional phrase. I still know what it means.

June 28, 2015


Good for the fish. :D

May 3, 2015


That was my thought. Generally fish do have water...

May 18, 2015


So now if we were going to say "The dog has water" (which would make so much more sense and be so much more useful!). We would say, "Ta uisce ag an madra." ?

May 15, 2016


Yes! See, you are getting it!

May 17, 2016


Ok, so let me try two more. The dogs have water--Ta uisce ag an madrai. and what if I want to say. Does the dog have water?- An bhfuil an madra uisce? Do the dogs have water- An bhfuil na madrai uisce? I am trying to find sentences to use in my every day life. Thanks!

May 17, 2016


You were close with the first one! You have to remember that when you use 'the' with plural things it becomes na - Tá uisce ag na madraí.

And I believe you overthought the other two! All you have to do to get from "'the dog has water' to 'does the dog have water' is chafe to an bhfuil

So an bhfuil uisce ag an madra. Try again with 'do the dogs have water'

May 17, 2016


I knew I was doing something wrong with the question ones. I get so confused on the order of things in an Irish sentence. An bhfuil uisce ag na madrai?

May 17, 2016


You got it!

May 17, 2016


the fish has water ? very confusing.. is that make any sense ? a more common scenario would have been a bit more helpful.

November 22, 2015


It would make now sense it be the water has fish

December 9, 2015


Isn't it "an t-iasc"?

February 15, 2015


Tips and notes ;-)

Words that start with a vowel do not technically undergo eclipsis, but they do get the letter n- added to them wherever other words would be eclipsed —

unless they come after a word that finishes with the letter n.

June 6, 2015


Not after a conjunction. For example. ithim an t-iasc (I eat the fish), but tá salann ar an iasc (salt is on the fish), tá prátaí faoin iasc (potatoes are under the fish), etc.

June 6, 2015


Do you mean "Not after a preposition"? I don't see a conjunction there.

November 29, 2015


I certianly hope it does!

December 14, 2017


My first thought was the water has fish. When I realized it ws the fish has water I thought, "Duh!"

July 25, 2018


Hey I'm a bit confused here - what's with the 'tá ... ag'? I thought he/she/it has would be either 'tá aige' or 'tá aici', so is the 'ag' eclipsis? Sorry just can't get my head around this but I'm maybe being a bit thick haha

July 3, 2015


From my understanding, the 'ag' on its own is just 'at', which is used in the sense of having in English. The modifiers (agam, agat, aige, aici, etc.) serve as 'at me' (in the sense of 'I have') or 'at you' (in the sense of 'you have'). When you are using a subject other than a pronoun, however, you'll use only the basic 'ag' plus the noun form, which will, in certain circumstances, have an eclipsis as the 'object' of the preposition (even though they become the subject in English). In this case, though, 'iasc' doesn't actually have an eclipsis.

July 6, 2015


Ahh that makes a lot of sense, thank you for the detailed explanation!

July 6, 2015


I'm glad that helped.

July 6, 2015

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    Would it make sense to say, "there is water on the fish?"

    May 25, 2017


    Not for this sentence, no.

    July 23, 2017


    Okay, but the fish goes IN the water???

    November 19, 2017


    "san uisce" in the water.

    February 27, 2019


    I said "Ta uisce ar an iasc" and it was accepted. I came here to learn about pronunciation and realized it was "Tá uisce ag an iasc". I'm confused. Should I report a wrong answer? Or is it acceptable?

    August 10, 2019
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