"He does not threaten his new dog."

Translation:Ní bhagraíonn sé ar a mhadra nua.

April 25, 2015

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Ar a mhadra nua?


It should be, yes.

EDIT: It’s corrected as of 2015-10-03.


Why is the "ar" necessary in this sentence? It doesn't make sense to say "he does not threaten "on" his new dog


An Irish speaker could ask exactly the same question in reverse - "Why doesn't the English sentence include a preposition?".

English and Irish are different languages, and in this case, Irish uses a preposition where English doesn't. ar is necessary because the Irish for "threaten" is a phrasal verb bagair ar.


Fix on, Stick on, Call on, Pick on, Hold on, Move on, Get on, Hit on: We have so many phrases in English using a verb plus "on" without the "on" really meaning all that much, hopefully we will be able to take on the idea that some phrases in Irish may take ar even where it doesn't appear to be absolutely necessary.


why is ar sometimes used with bagraíonn and sometimes not


ní cuireann sé bagairt ar a mhadra nua. Did my offering have any credibility?Any advice would be appreciated le do thoil.


The Foclóir Gaeilge Béarla does have an example of Chuir siad bagairt orm - "they threatened me", in the entry for cuir ar, but it doesn't use that construction in either the entry for bagair or bagairt.


Potafocal and the NEID don't use the cuir ar construction either:

So it looks like it's not completely unheard of, but isn't usually used that way.


Cad chuige nach bhfuil "Ní bhagraíonn sé ar a mhadadh nua" ceart fosta?


madadh is a spelling that reflects dialect pronunciation, but doesn't occur in the standard dictionaries, even as a variant (in other words, madra is pronounced "madadh" in Connacht and Ulster, and those pronunciations are different, because of the way that adh is pronounced).

This non-standard spelling has been added as an acceptable alternative to some exercises, I think, but that would be by request on a per-exercise basis, not a global change.

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