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  5. "B'ealaíontóir an fear sin."

"B'ealaíontóir an fear sin."

Translation:That man was an artist.

March 8, 2015



In standard Irish (and Connacht and Munster), this should be B'ealaíontór é an fear sin. It's only allowed to drop the é in Ulster Irish. It's the first example under 'The Classifactorial Clause' here

March 8, 2015


2 questions:

1) Is the first word a contraction of "ba" and "ealaíontóir", or is it "bhí"?

2) What is the difference between "ba" and "bhí"?

February 5, 2016


It is a contraction if "ba". "Bhí" is the past tense of "bí" (tá) meaning "was". "Ba" is the past tense of the copula, "is" and means "was" or "would be"

February 21, 2016


The “would be” meaning of ba is its conditional mood rather than its past tense.

February 24, 2017


Do sin, seo, siud always go at the end because they're direct objects?

July 4, 2019

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sin, seo and siúd aren't direct objects.

tá an fear sin ag léamh
an seachtain seo caite
tá siad siúd imithe le fada

July 4, 2019
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