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"Is as Éirinn dó."

Translation:He is from Ireland.

January 5, 2015



Is it also idiomatic to say 'Is as Éirinn é'? I am sure that I have been asked 'Cárbh as tú?' rather than 'Cárbh as duit?'. Is this a difference among dialects?


Yes, to all of that. You can also hear Cé(rbh) as thú?


what's the difference between 'cé' and 'cérbh'?


Dialect. Some use cérb before a vowel in present tense, and cérbh in the past tense.


do you know which dialect?


I know for sure Galway does. Not sure about the others.


Go raibh maith agat.


I can't make this out at all! I put it is from Ireland to him although it makes little sense . can someone explain?


Just learn it as idiomatic. Is as _ do + pronoun/name


Would this work for other countries as well? Would it be possible to say "Is as Frainc do", for example?


Yes, this construction works for other countries—and for other locations—as well. (Think 'Straight Outta Compton' for an example as Béarla.) But for your specific example, it would be Is as an bhFrainc dó, because 'France' is an Fhrainc ('the France', as you'll encounter in topic 'The World').


Thank you for the clear explanation, with the Straight Outta Compton example it suddenly made a whole lot more sense to me! :)


Could this also be translated as "It is from Ireland"? If not, is there a way to tell?


Yes, it could be translated that way.


Context would tell you which way to interpret it.


What is the difference between "Is as Eirinn do" and "Is as Eirinn e"? I saw in the comments below that it's an idiom, but can someone explain to me what an idiom is? Thanks!!


An idiom is a word or phrase that people understand in a particular way, even though it doesn't necessarily mean what it says literally - "to kick the bucket" is an idiom. Every one knows that it means "to die", which has nothing to do with buckets or kicking.

Is as Éirinn é and is as Éirinn dó are both understood to mean the same thing - "he/it is from Ireland".

  • 1780

I found this detailed explanation by AnLonDubhBeag quite useful


I have never heard this expression before; is as an Astráil é is the example given in focal .ie
Where is this expression from?


One form of the question "where are you from?" is Cad as duit?, prompting the use of Is as Éirinn dom in response. If the question is Cárb as thú?, then Is as Éirinn mé makes more sense.

(You can get a mix of cérb, cárb and cad in this question, depending on dialect).


Is as na Stait Aontaithe dom ... is that correct? ( is e ceart sin )

  • 1780

Tá an ceart agat :) (Ná déan dearmad ar an bhfada ar "Stáit")

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