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Tá buachaill aige

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He has a boyfriend. / Tá buachaill aige.

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What would "He has a boy" be?

February 23, 2015

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To my knowledge, it would be the same and just depend on context. Perhaps gasúr could be used, though I don't think that's exactly equivalent to buachaill.

February 23, 2015

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gasúr is more used in the sense of a young child (Connacht) or a young boy (Munster, Irish). So there is some overlap, but not much.

However, you are correct. It takes context. Also, OP, these types of questions are fine for the discussion. Duolingo really doesn't care if you post there, as long as it's not spam. Asking serious questions is great!

February 23, 2015

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As the explanation says, buachaill and cailín are often used to highlight a romantic relationship, but it could also be a follow-on from a statement that someone has a child: Rugadh leanbh aréir, tá buachaill aige. A baby was born yesterday, he has a boy.

February 27, 2015
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