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" beirt chailíní ag rith."

Translation:Two girls are running.

December 20, 2014



Does anybody feel the urge to translate the "ag + verbal noun" forms as the dialectal English "a ..ing" as in "Two girls are a-running"?

I can barely help it!


I didn't till I read this!


Okay what's up with this... in one of the other examples the noun is singular "Tá triúr fear..." but in this example the noun is plural. Which way is better??. I'm also confused as to whether this noun has to be lenited or not in this context.


In your example triúr fear, the word fear is actually the genitive plural, not the nominative singular. It literally means "a trio of men". We might need to expand the "Tips and notes" for the genitive case to make this clearer.


Thanks. But in that case, why is "chailíní΅ lenited, but "fear" isn't lenited?


Because beirt lenites, but triúr doesn’t.


I read the notes and I know now why the noun is lenited, but I still don't understand why the plural form "chailíní" is used here.


Counting in Irish is rather complicated! Have a look at chapter 11 of Gramadach na Gaeilge: http://www.nualeargais.ie/gnag/gram.htm


Use of the genitive plural following numbers with people was the older standard, and that's what's being used here.



The 2012 Caighdeán (§9.4.3, page 168) also mandates genitive plurals following personal numbers.

EDIT: So does the 2016 Caighdeán (§9.4.3 (a), page 156).


Shouldn't "a couple of girls are running" be accepted?


What about "Both girls are running"?


Tá an bheirt chailíní ag rith - "Both girls are running"

I would also have to quibble with scilling about the acceptability of "a couple of girls". In Ireland, that would be understood as "a few girls" - it is not restricted to "two girls". "A couple of days" isn't "two days" and "a couple of people" can be more than two.


Ok silly question. How do I find the tips and tricks/notes I see folks reference?


On the website, when you open a particular skill, if you scroll down below the five or six "sections" in that skill, you'll find "Tips & Notes" for that skill, if there are Tips & Notes for that particular skill. They may not be available in the various Duolingo apps, or in the browser on a phone.

Edit - Since the website redesign the Tips & Notes are no longer displayed when you open a skill - now you have to click on the lightbulb icon over the Start button when you select a skill.

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