Well, I don't think anyone really ate pasta in the UK and Ireland till about the 1960s or '70s. I like way pasta is still pasta English (when you're Italian).
Every time I see this one I get it wrong. In the US this is macaroni and cheese. Out of habit I have to remember not to write macaroni, but I *always mix up the word order to be pasta and cheese in translating.
I'm interested to know if this is just a Duolingo thing or if people prefer to call it cáis agus pasta
Macaroni is a type of pasta, so cáis agus pasta could refer to just about any type of pasta eaten with cheese.
"mac an cheese" is very much a recent American import in Ireland (the last 20 years or so). As such, most Irish speakers would probably just refer to "mac and cheese" as "mac and cheese", unless they wanted to mention it in an essay for their school homework, and felt the need to translate it for that purpose.
would it be worng to translate as: "she eats cheese with pasta"? in portuguese it makes sense, but I don't know about english and irish...
Agus is the word for and in Irish. Le is with, but I don't know if "itheann sí cáis le pasta," would be used. But yeah, if you see agus, you have to use and.
Ith is the root, so the endings branch off from that. With the exception of ithim (I eat) and ithimid (we eat), most forms of ith will be itheann + noun/pronoun in the present tense, such as here.
Could this also mean macaroni & cheese?
And where did I state all pasta is macaroni?
We got cáis agus arán and now we get cáis agus pasta. Fine, I get that we're supposed to stick with the word order given in order to demonstrate that we know what cáis, arán and pasta mean. But are we missing something? Does Irish habitually put things this was round? English would put the staple first, followed by the other ingredient(s). Bread and butter. Pasta and cheese. Rolls off the tongue that way.
In English we usually say what we're used to saying - which is the staple in "fish and chips", "bacon and eggs", "icecream and jelly"?
When translating between Irish and English does word order matter in lists of things? If I were to say "I eat carrots and tomatoes" would it matter if you said/wrote "I eat tomatoes and carrots" instead?
I matters if you are trying to demonstrate that you know that the Irish for "carrot" isn't "tráta".
Im off to search what it's all about though... I eat my homemade mango butter on ice cream, so, maybe im about to find another delicious treat!