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"He played the banjo but he forgot."

Translation:Sheinn sé an bainseó ach rinne sé dearmad.

April 1, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tjpalmer

In English, I would say, "He used to play the banjo" in this context. Is this "no longer" implied by the Irish here (my "used to" in English), or would this require a different form they haven't covered yet?

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/galaxyrocker

Yes; it would require the imperfect (past habitual), taught near the end of the tree. The way I interpreted this sentence is: "He (had) played the banjo (once before, perhaps a long time ago) but he forgot (he had played it before)". So, maybe he told someone he hadn't played before when he had, because he had forgotten it... I hope that makes sense.

April 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tjpalmer

Yes, that's helpful. Thanks much.

April 1, 2015
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