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I eat vs. I am eating

I'm on Basics 1 in Irish. I got a question wrong because in all my experience with other languages (German and Norwegian) there is no "am... -ing" variant. So I was wondering: would you say, (Ithim úll) I am eating an apple or I eat an apple?

February 20, 2015



Ithim úll is “I eat an apple”. Táim ag ithe úill is “I’m eating an apple”.

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Linguists actually consider it a possibility that English developed its "am doing" form under the influence of the native Celtic languages, though in this case it would be an ancestor of Welsh/Cornish(/Breton?) rather than Irish.

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