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"Tá sé ag snámh go dtí na Stáit Aontaithe."

Translation:He is swimming to the United States.

3 years ago

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Oliviakins
Oliviakins
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ádh mór leo

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mjkuecker1965

Tá sé ag dul go mór é. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PookaGar
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Obnoxious American question: "USA" is not accepted here, which is a common default abbreviation. Is "Stáit Aontaithe" used for the full name of other countries with "United States" in their name (e.g. Mexico), which would make this Irish phrase ambiguous on its own?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dmurray654
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USA is definitely a common abbreviation worldwide

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

USA is an acronym for the United States of America, which isn't the phrase that was used in this exercise. na Stáit Aontaithe is the United States - i.e. the US, not the USA.

(On a side note, the acronym for The United States of America in Irish is SAM - Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

I'd say that "the US" is probably a more widely used abbreviation than "the USA" in Ireland, and people would only say "the United States of America" if they were trying to be formal - in fact "the States" would probably be more widely used than the full title.

My guess is that very few people in Ireland would even be aware of "the United States of Mexico".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PookaGar
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...and probably even fewer over here. ;P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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They’re really the “United Mexican States” (Estados Unidos Mexicanos).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/David870992

Jesus I'd love a pack of Taytos now

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotTurtle
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they must be referring to a male sea turtle! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Not unless the sea turtle is called Michael Fassbender.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaylaKnowe

"I'll swim! No wall's gonna keep me out

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LinguDemo
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That's one hell of a swim!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanMeaneyPL
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Duo should accept towards the United States as well as to

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL

If I was swimming to Bermuda, I'd be swimming "towards the United States", but I wouldn't be ag snámh dtí na Stáit Aontaithe

6 months ago