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"Nach bhfuil siad ann?"

Translation:Aren't they there?

February 1, 2015



Can it mean "aren't they in him?"

I really want to write that.


"Aren't they here" is not accepted.


ann and ansin are "there", anseo is "here".


Can someone explain the question-word "nach" in its uses? Is it the Irish equivalent of inversion to form questions, like an additional particle, which then entails "bhfuil" as a form of "bi"?


Nach is the interrogative verbal particle for negative questions that aren’t in the past tense. It eclipses the following verb, and if that conjugation has a dependent form, then the dependent form is used with nach. For example,

  • Tá siad ann. (“They are there.”)
  • Níl siad ann. (“They aren’t there.”)
  • An bhfuil siad ann? (“Are they there?”)
  • Nach bhfuil siad ann? (“Aren’t they there?”)
  • Gheobhaidh siad na hearraí gloine. (“They will get the glassware.”)
  • Ní bhfaighidh siad na hearraí gloine. (“They won’t get the glassware.”)
  • An bhfaighidh siad na hearraí gloine? (“Will they get the glassware?”)
  • Nach bhfaighidh siad na hearraí gloine? (“Won’t they get the glassware?”)
  • Is siadsan na seachadóirí. (“They’re the delivery people.”)
  • Ní siadsan na seachadóirí. (“They’re not the delivery people.”)
  • An siadsan na seachadóirí? (“Are they the delivery people?”)
  • Nach siadsan na seachadóirí? (“Aren’t they the delivery people?”)


Thanks for the extensive answer! Just to be clear, what exactly are "dependent forms" of the verbs? :$


A verb’s dependent form (if it has one) is one that is used in the presence of one of a certain set of verbal particles — that is, the dependent form is called that because its use is dependent upon the presence of that verbal particle. For example, is the independent form of the present tense conjugation of , and fuil is the dependent form of the same conjugation, as found e.g. following the verbal particle an. (Since the verbal particle an causes eclipsis, fuil is mutated into bhfuil.)


Quoting, "Nach is the interrogative verbal particle for negative questions that are not in the past tense" , does this mean it applies in ALL other tenses?


I went through this twice to see when it was appropriate to use "nil" and when it was appropriate to use "nach." I feel so stupid now that you've pointed it out. I actually scoffed at myself and said "duh." Thank you, scilling, you are extremely helpful! Have another lingot.


There’s no need to feel stupid; sometimes things become clearer just by writing out a few examples. Thanks for the lingot!


Nach + verb + sibj is the general pattern???


Why is it not "Nach bhfuil siad ansin?"


I think it's either (Is doigh liom gurbh ceathair é (?????)


Yes, Nach bhfuil said ann? and Nach bhfuil said ansin? both mean "are they not there?".

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