I put "the sugar is on the spider" . It didn't make sense. I don't feel too bad since the actual sentence didn't make sense either, lol. I am so confused. I haven't gotten any of these right, sigh.
I put the spider is at the sugar, i was so confused. My first thought was the spider has the sugar but like you said the sentence made no sense.
This is difficult
Nine months later after going over eclipsis on another course I have learned that d and t do not get eclipsed if the word before it ends in a n.
That would be ar an not ag an
What does "alla" mean? It hasn't been shown before this question. Do we always need it in this sentence structure?
It's just a part of the noun of 'spider' which is 'damhán alla'
When i click on both damhán and alla it said spider so is spider two words.
Yes it is. Don't know what it literally translates to, though...
Damhán alla is literally "wild calf". Don't ask me why though!
I understood it to mean tiny beast, or little ox... lol
Damhán = ox or beast
Alla= tiny or little
How come damhán makes a 'w' sound and not 'v' ... I thought 'mh' became a 'v' in this case??
I think it makes a 'w' sound when 'mh' is accompanied by a/o/u and a 'v' sound when it's accompanied by i/e.
Mh=w or v depends where it is in a word IE My giving name is seosamh= shasav the Mh is used as a"v" in damhán the Mh is "w" dawán alla
Amh makes an "ow" sound, as in the english word "how".
Why is there no eclipse here? I thought would become n after ag an...
There is an exception - if the word starts in t or d, no eclipsis. Tá sú ag an bportán, tá plur ag an nglasóg, but - tá rís ag an Taoiseach...
Does this mean something besides the literal translation in Irish? It sounds like a warning.
What a bizarre question!
Tá siúcra ag an damhán alla means "The spider has sugar". That's all.
why 'damhán alla'? just don't get it!
because damhan alla translates into crazy little beast= spider .. not joking...
I think your question might be answered by AnLonDubhBeag's explanation of the term, here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4286785
B'fhearr liom salann a bheidh ar an damhán alla s'agam, mura miste libh. Salann agus anlann te agus ... cur pinse dúbailte piobar Chéin air, le do thoil.
Why couldn't it be the sugar has spider
It couldn't be "the sugar has spider" because that's not how *Tá X ag Y" works in Irish.
Tá X ag Y" - "Y has X"
Tá siúcra ag an damhán alla - X=siúcra, Y=an damhán alla*
"The spider(Y) has sugar(X)"