"Ar shiúil ar scoil ar maidin?"

Translation:Did you walk to school this morning?

April 25, 2015


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How do you distinguish between the specific "this morning" and the general "in the mornings" in this case?

July 9, 2016


I almost write "this morning"; but I didn't. I see that was a correct choice, too. What in the sentece is telling me that "ar" can mean "this" in this case?

May 12, 2016


why is it "ar scoil" rather than "go dti scoil"?. in this case one walks "on school" where there are plenty of other cases where one walks "to (place)".

April 25, 2015


Prepositions are rarely exact analogues across languages. The participation/membership sense of “in” is ar in Irish, even when used for a destination.

April 25, 2015


So is it ar for school and work but go dtí for the store or the airport? Where do things like college dorms or apartments fall in that? Is it different for an office, vs. your own office?

November 22, 2015


Yes. I’d imagine that one’s own college dorm or apartment would be treated like “home” would, and someone else’s college dorm or apartment would be like going to the store or to the airport. Going to work generally means going to your own office; going to someone else’s office would be like going to the store or to the airport. Going to a place can be expressed in yet another way, e.g. “He went to France” could be Chuaigh sé don Fhrainc.

November 22, 2015



November 27, 2015


Go raibh maith agat. That makes sense.

April 27, 2015


would " an maidin seo" also mean this morning?

June 7, 2015


As a noun phrase, yes; but in this sentence’s adverbial use, no.

July 4, 2015


Oughtn't it be ar shiúl? Mine is saying ar shiúil

November 18, 2015


No; siúl is the noun, and siúil is the verb.

November 22, 2015


Thanks, I was wondering about that

February 28, 2018


Clever question, Duo. Three different uses of ar.

March 4, 2019
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