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"She was not an actor."

Translation:Níorbh aisteoir í.

April 25, 2015



If the object didn't begin with a vowel, would this just be ni raibh? Ni raibh cocaire i?


No. This is the conditional/past copula, not a form of . It'd be Níor instead.


Why could it not be, Ní raibh sí ina aisteoir?


It could be Ní raibh sí ina haisteoir (though I don't know if that's included in Duolingo's list of acceptable answers).

ina haisteoir because words that start with a vowel take a h-prefix after the possessive adjective a when it means "her". "He wasn't an actor" would be Ní raibh sé ina aisteoir.


Ní raibh sí ina haisteoir was not accepted.


Why is "Níor aisteoir í" wrong?


Because aisteoir starts with a vowel.

Note that this is the negative past tense of the copula, normally níor, but it becomes níorbh before a vowel. The negative past tense particle níor, used with regular verbs (and most irregular verbs) does not become níorbh before a vowel - níor ith mé, níor ól mé.


Is the bh pronounced /v/ or /b/?


Not always. A more complete answer is, "it depends". It depends on the word and the region whether it will be a V sound or a W sound. If the word ends with bh, there's a good chance that it will end up having a V sound, like Niorbh.

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