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"They have much more water."

Translation:Tá i bhfad níos mó uisce acu.

March 14, 2015



What’s i ḃfad?


An adverb meaning “far” (literally, “in extent”) — when applied to a comparative, it means “far” in the sense of “much”.


Why is "i bhfad" required when "níos mór" is already present?


Because Tá níos mó uisce acu means “They have more water”, not “They have much more water”.


Thanks for your explication


When do adjectives go before a noun and when they follow it?


The majority of the time an adjective goes after a verb

I think it only goes in front when it's a comparison, "more", "bigger" etc.


Can someone tell me where the 'i' comes in please


It comes before the fad.

If you're asking why Irish uses i bhfad, it's pretty much the same reason that English uses "at length" in "He spoke at length on the matter". Prepositions don't always translate directly, or have a specific meaning, so we say "In honour of someone" but "out of respect for someone", even though "honour" and "respect" play basically the same role in those phrases.

English doesn't bother with a preposition before "far" when it is used as an intensifier ("much more" = "far more"), Irish does use a preposition i bhfad.

Note that i bhfad doesn't mean "in length" - that's ar fad or ar a fhad.


Thank you, that helped me understand Irish grammar much better.

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