"Tá dath buí air."
Translation:It is yellow in color.
How are we to differentiate between wearing a color and being a color? How would one say "He has yellow on", fo instance?
I translated that as " the color yellow is on it" would that not be correct too?
It’s a correct literal translation, but most English speakers would colloquially say the given translation rather than the literal translation.
And how do I know if it is "on it" or "on him"? Or are both equally correct?
You'd know probably from context. I answered, He is yellow in color, & it was also accepted.
I put, "He has the color yellow on".....cause that is what I have learned so far, lol.
My mistake: he has the yellow color (e.g. in a game) = Tá sé an dath buí
I know there isn't a definite article in that sentence but surely "it is the colour yellow" is an accurate translation into English?
Tá dath buí air - implies it has yellow on it.
Is dath buí é - States a fact of a color. My guess is making this mistake might land you the label of a smartass in the Gaeltacht.
Is dath buí é is a poor attempt at a literal translation of an English idiom - a béarlachas.
One of the problems with it as a translation is that "yellow" is an adjective in "it is yellow", and you don't use the copula when using an adjective to describe a noun. Of course, dath is a noun, but then it's obvious that Is dath buí é is actually saying that the thing you are describing is a colour - it's not a banana, or a canary or a submarine, it's a colour, and the colour happens to be buí.
I don't see "the" in tá dath buí air.
Before you argue that it could be "he has on a yellow colour", I'll just point out that an Irish speaker will interpret tá dath buí ar as "it's yellow" (or "it's yellow in colour" if you want to be more literal). ar simply isn't interpreted as "on" in this construction.
There are lots of situations where Irish uses a definite article and English doesn't, and there are some situations where English uses a definite article and Irish doesn't, so word-for-word translations aren't always a reliable guide, but in this case, it makes a difference.