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"He thought that he had money."

Translation:Cheap sé go raibh airgead aige.

January 5, 2015



It's because is an irregular one. Since it uses the present tense particles even in the past tense (an raibh not ar raibh, sula raibh not sular raibh), it uses the same thing here, using the present tense/future go instead of past gur


I think I missed something along the way. When do I use airgid and when do I use airgead.


I think airgid is the genitive form and airgead is the nominative.

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Why is it "raibh" instead of "bhí" here? Is this another case of dependent vs independent forms, like "tá" and "fuil"?


Edit: Deleted comment; see talideon's instead.


It's not the present subjunctive in this context though. Here, 'raibh' is the dependent form of 'bhí'. They do look almost the same except for the first person plurals being 'rabhamar' (past dep.) and 'rabhaimid' (pres. subj.) and different autonomous forms ('rabhthas' and 'rabhthar' respectively).


Why can't cuid airgid be used here?


Cuid would be used with a possessive adjective, e.g. Cheap sé go raibh a cuid airgid aige (“He thought that he had her money”).


I think because it's a slightly different meaning. "He thought he had a portion of money" as opposed to "He thought he had money."


My understanding was basically that anytime you could say "some" in English, you should use cuid in Irish, sort of along the lines of certain uses of de in French.

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