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"Is the party good?"

Translation:An bhfuil an chóisir go maith?

January 30, 2015



What's the purpose of "go" here?


It's because maith is one that requires it. There's a few that do, usually subjective things.


Okay, but how does it change maith gramatically? Why couldn't it stand alone in this sentence, or in Tá mé go maith?


Let me call my Irish book (Doyle, Gussmann, An Ghaeilge) (this is translation from Polish):

Particle go is semantically empty and it is decided by syntax considerations whether it appears or not. It is needed for example in interrogative pronoun cad 'na thaobh - why? In this way any verb that appears after cad 'na thaobh go must eclipse first consonant or add n to vowel, e.g.:

Cad 'na thaobh go bhfuil siad ag obair? - Why are they working?

Cad 'na thaobh go n-ólann sé bainne ar maidin? - Why is he drinking milk in the morning?

In sentences with negation go is replaced with which doesn't eclipse next word but adds h to vowel-first word - ná fuil sé and ná hitheann sé.

So it is the same thing with maith - as galaxyrocker said - it needs go first in some cases. For your question it seems that maith is an adjective and go maith is an adverb. Which changes completely the meaning.

Táim go maith - I am good/ I feel good.

Táim duine maith - I am good person.

I hope that helps you a bit.


Thanks a million!


Is duine maith mé


I think of 'go' preceding an adjective in Irish like adding 'ly' to the end of an adjective in English. It doesn't always work, indeed it doesn't really work in this case, but it helps when deciding if I should use 'go' or not. eg 'díreach' - straight. 'go díreach' - directly. 'Mall' - slow. 'Go mall' - slowly etc.


If you drive on the “N”, “R”, or “L” roads in Ireland, you’ll see “GO MALL” signs all over the place! :)


That's more political party.


Any chance this is a grammatical way of doing this?

"An go maith an chóisir?"


No. Whether a party is good or not is a subjective determination — a question of state rather than of characteristic — so An bhfuil … ? is the appropriate way to ask the question.


An cóisir mhaith é?


That’s using the attributive adjective maith rather than the predicative adjective go maith.


It's doing a bit more than that - it's using the copula instead of the verb , and the change in the type of the adjective is an expected consequence.


Whether a party is good or not is a subjective determination — a question of state rather than of characteristic — so An bhfuil … ? is the appropriate way to ask the question.

“Is it a good party?” and “Is the party good?”are both "subjective determinations" even though “Is it a good party?”/An cóisir maith é? uses the copula, but "Is the party good?"/An bhfuil an chóisir go maith? uses .


Since it’s using the copula, it’s asking a different question — “Is it a good party?” rather than “Is the party good?”.


I had to translate into Irish. And my question is whether páirtí is proper here? Duolingo told me it's wrong but earlier they said it is one of the meanings...


The NEID recognizes it as a possible translation of “fun occasion”, but cóisir seems to be preferred. Páirtí seems to be a direct borrowing from English, since it’s preferred for “political organization” and “side in legal dispute”, and cóisir isn’t usable for either of those meanings.


If the NEID had páirtí as a possible translation for a fun occasion at some point, it has been fixed now, and the entry for "party" clearly distinguishes between cóisir and féasta for "a fun occasion" and páirtí for use in political and legal contexts...


It’s good to know that it’s being fixed when needed. I’d wondered whether the “fun occasion” meaning that it had previously given was related to the third definition of páirt in the FGB rather than to English “party”.

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