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"It is a good thing for health to eat vegetables."

Translation:Is rud maith é don tsláinte glasraí a itheadh.

March 15, 2015



Ainm briathra for ith is ithe as opposed to 'itheadh', is it not?


It is indeed ithe.

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GRMA as ucht sin. Link fixed there now.


Is "itheadh" even a legitimate Irish word?


It's the past tense saorbhriathar (bia nár itheadh - "uneaten food"/"not eaten food"), the past habitual and it occurs in some imperative constructions.

The EID even includes this example:
"To spoon up one's porridge" - do chuid leitean a itheadh suas le spúnóg
suggesting that this is either an older spelling, or a valid variant.


Thanks for digging up an instance of Duolingo's form being used. In general, though, would "ithe" be the more commonly used form of the verbal noun in sentences like this today?


I'm not sure, because I don't think that the "to" in this sentence is the infinitive "to", so you wouldn't use a verbal noun in Irish. I think the sentence is using the modh ordaitheach, but in a way that is not easy to translate into English.


Right. I knew I saw it somewhere, but definitely doesn't belong in this sentence, correct?


The example in the EID uses itheadh in the same way as this exercise. There are also a few examples on potafocal that use itheadh rather than ithe.


Should "Is rud maith don tsláinte é..." not be accepted too? It's pretty common in Irish for people to put the "é" at the end, and I've noticed Duolingo tends not to accept it despite it being more natural imo


Can someone explain the last 3 words in this example: To eat vegetables / glasrai a itheadh


Why is "é" needed in this sentence?


That's the "it" in the English sentence.


Can someone please remind me why the 't' prefix to sláinte??


Because don == do + an, and when an comes before a feminine noun that begins with sl in Irish, a t is prefixed to the word. As is often the case with Irish, there are exceptions to that rule.

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