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  5. "An bhfuil sé marbh?"

"An bhfuil marbh?"

Translation:Is it dead?

February 1, 2015



ooops, we left them in the fridge too long. With the lion

February 5, 2015


"Tá sé marbh , Jim." lol!

July 24, 2015


Bones would need the vocative — Tá sé marbh, a Jim.

April 13, 2016


Thank you for teaching me this. Would this mean that Jim would also be lenited? And how would that even work with the J?

April 13, 2016


No — J isn’t lenited.

April 13, 2016


Thanks! I have so much to learn!

April 13, 2016


You know Bernie's husband. The fella with the head. You know him, drives the red car. You know, he drinks the Heineken in the local. You do, you know him. Well he's dead.

October 11, 2015


Wow that's dark.

January 11, 2016


CSI Duolingo

February 2, 2018


Is [maru:] also a possible pronunciation? afaik, it's another Conamara thing.

February 1, 2015


I realize that "marbh" is an adjective, but it also describes a permanent state. Yet using "is" instead of "tá" wouldn't be right here, correct?

December 5, 2015


That’s correct. Note that not all permanent states would use is, and not all temporary states would use .

April 13, 2016


He ded

December 31, 2017


Is 'an bhfuil' the question form of 'tá'? Do other verbs change for questions like this?

April 18, 2016


There are 11 irregular verbs in Irish. Of that 11, 4 (, déan, feic and téigh) have different forms for the interrogative/negative form of the verb in the past tense. is the only one that differs in the present tense.

May 29, 2016


I wonder if marbh takes the impermanent copula for religious reasons? Or does tá sé marbh also apply to plants, animals, and dreams?

July 2, 2016


Where does this "permanent/impermanent" idea for using the copula come from? Tá sé marbh doesn't use the copula because marbh isn't a noun in this sentence.

July 3, 2016


Never mind, this explains it https://www.duolingo.com/skill/ga/Basics-1

July 4, 2016


I was pretty sure Is was for permanent things such as 'it is a dog' and Ta was for impermanent things such as 'it is cold'. (I couldn't type the diacritics) That's how I remember it.

July 4, 2016


My question, though, was why you were pretty sure that it was for permanent versus impermanent things. I've heard a number of people say that, but I've never seen anyone explain who told them that, or what textbook they got it from, so I just wondered where that idea came from, and whether there was a more formal expression of this "rule".

Unless it was from a teacher who really didn't want to explain the difference between a noun and an adjective, the permanent/impermanent distinction seems to break down a lot (as in this sentence).

July 4, 2016


It shouls be ....Is he dead?

March 9, 2019

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can mean "he" or "it". If you want to say "Is it dead? in Irish, you say An bhfuil sé marbh?. If you want to say "Is he dead? in Irish, you also say An bhfuil sé marbh?.

March 10, 2019


I’ve listened to this 20+ times to try to understand her first word. The audio file I hear does not start with “an” - it sounds more like “boo”.

I admit that my hearing isn’t great, but I’m not hearing the “an” that I’m used to from her.

September 12, 2019
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