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"Chonaiceamar scáthanna ar an talamh agus bhí eagla orainn."

Translation:We saw shadows on the ground and we were scared.

January 1, 2015



Tá na nazgúl orainn!


The plural would probably be nazgúil. (Perhaps an nascghúl / na nascghúil would further hibernicize them.)


Why was "frightened" not acceptable here?


It just wasn't added as an alternative, but "frightened" is an perfectly reasonable translation in this case.


It wouldn't let me have 'fearful' - would that not be a valid translation?


You can report it, and it will probably be added as an acceptable alternative. "Fearful" isn't a particularly common synonym in this context, so it probably hasn't been suggested before.


Should it not be "ar an dtalamh"?


Only in Munster Irish. In the Caighdeán and in Connacht, you don't eclipse d and t (and in Ulster they lenite).

The exception for d and t (after certain prepositions and an)is mentioned in the Tips & Notes for the Eclipsis skill

An exception to this rule is that the word should not be eclipsed if it begins with d or t.

(Duolingo teaches the Caighdeán rules, but is usually fairly liberal about accepting dialect variations).


How would you translate afraid as opposed to scared?


"scanraithe" and "eagla a bheith ar" are both used as translations for "scared" and "frightened" and "afraid".


Your answers cover mine so i cannot see where i went wrong.


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What exactly was wrong with my answer. “We saw shadows on the ground and we were afraid”


I wrote "we were frightened" Why is that wrong?


I'd like to know too: agus bhí eagla orainn and was fright on us and we were frightened (?)

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