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  5. "Níl sé fíor."

"Níl fíor."

Translation:It is not true.

January 3, 2015


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"He is not real" is an acceptable translation as well.

May 16, 2016


Wouldn't that rather be "he is unreal"?

That's a sentence I hear fairly often, actually.

December 12, 2016


"he is unreal" would usually be ta sé dochreidte.

"it's not real" or "that's not a real X" can be expressed with fíor (níl sé fíor or níl X fíor é sin or níl fíor-X é sin). "He is not real" sounds a bit odd to me, though you might say it to a child if you wanted to rob them of the magic of Santy!

December 14, 2016


why is it "Níl" rather than "Ní" ?

February 11, 2015


Níl is the negative form of , while is the negative of is. You'd say tá sé fíor or tá sé mór (and not *is sé fíor), and so the negative form is níl sé fíor.

March 29, 2015


Thanks, Ataltane! I've been mystified by the distinction between nI and nIl and this makes it very clear. Not that I'll always get it right from now on, but there's hope! Use the lingot in good health!

May 12, 2015


Thanks! I should have been a bit more precise, though:

is actually the general negative marker for all ordinary verbs, as well as functioning as the negative of is (we're basically referring only to the present tense here, by the way).

So you'd say tuigim "I understand" but ní thuigim "I don't understand", as lenites.

The reason it seems to be different for is because of the way that changes to "fuil" in certain places, as in an + tá? = an bhfuil?. Well, the same thing is happening here, except lenites, so we end up with + = + fuil = ní fhuil. The combination fh has no sound at all, so ní fhuil is always written and pronounced as níl. So níl is really just a contracted form of with .

May 12, 2015


That makes great sense. Previously, it was strictly guesswork for me. Tá in all its beauty still holds some mysteries for me, but this is very straightforward!

May 12, 2015


Thank you for this.

May 20, 2015


Brilliant explanation! Please accept a lingo.

November 1, 2015


I know your post is from a year ago but this is something I have been having trouble understanding.Your post has made it much clearer.Thank you so much

September 24, 2016


is this true = honest or true = real?

December 28, 2016


It's true=true.

fíor means factual or correct. A true story (fíorscéal, scéal fíor) is "honest" because it is real or factual, not because "true" means "honest".

December 28, 2016


I am a bit confused about the word order here. Why is it not 'Níl fíor sé'?

October 30, 2017


Would "He is not truthful" be acceptable?

January 3, 2015


ionraic would be used in that case according to Collin's mobile dictionary.

January 3, 2015


Another possibility for “truthful” would be fírinneach.

January 3, 2015


Me when my mother starts talking about Thor.

May 24, 2019



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