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"Ólann siad nuair a ritheann siad."

Translation:They drink when they run.

January 6, 2015


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How come in some phrases Duolingo accepts "while" for "nuair" and sometimes not?

February 10, 2016


what is the function of "a" here

August 13, 2015


Well, I'm ignorant of the etymology but I think nuair a is a set phrase if that's any help.

September 3, 2015


I think that "nuair a" is "when" and "nuair" is "while."... I'm probably wrong and that is why I have to keep strengthening this skill. :(

June 19, 2017


Does nuair translate only as "when", or could it also mean "while"?

I think "when" can have a few interpretations, one being that it happens at that very moment, and another that there is a small window of time between both actions--for instance, "We go drinking when we work", could mean that they drink on such days that they work, though this can happen afterwards and not necessarily while working.

On the other hand, "while" is used only as meaning at that very moment. So I was wondering whether the word "nuair" makes that distinction.

August 13, 2015


I have wondered the same thing. Apparently nuair really is not to be used with the meaning of while:



August 29, 2015


I see. Thank you! :)

August 30, 2015


From what I understand 'while' can be expressed in Irish using 'agus'. So, 'they drink while they are running' would be something like 'ólann siad agus iad ag rith'.

May 30, 2016



September 30, 2015


Wait, wait, wait... Does this mean there is a risk of choking?!?! Those poor fools.

March 3, 2017


Now this is odd. The first time this sentence appeared in this exercise I typed "they drink whilst they run" and DL marked it incorrect and said it should be "while". I thought they were being a bit pedantic, but I duly obliged the next time it came up and wrote "they drink while they run" and DL marked it incorrect and said it should be "when". I suspect they enjoy messing with our minds sometimes.

September 20, 2017


Why people drink when they run

January 6, 2015


To quench their thirsts.

January 6, 2015


The time to drink is when one runs

October 30, 2015



June 5, 2018


I can't understand this new person but I think they must do better with the pronunciation but it just doesn't sound anything like the other person and I can't recognize the words.

April 28, 2016


The new person is MUCH better. You learned wrong Irish from the other person--thanks, Duolingo! Stick with this pronunciation.

April 28, 2016
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