"We swim and we eat."
Translation:Snámhaimid agus ithimid.
You generally wouldn't mix the synthetic form and the analytic forms like that in native speech. They'd use one and stick with it.
When you join the verb and the subject together in a single word (snámhaimid, ithim), you are using the synthetic form, when you keep the verb and subject separate (snámhann muid, itheann mé) you are using the analytic form.
So the difference is, I SWIM and I AM SWIMMING? Thank you. That makes sense!
No, that's has nothing to do with synthetic and analytic forms.
snámhaim/snámhann mé = "I swim".
táim ag snámh - "I am swimming"
snámhaim is the synthetic form of snámhann mé.
snámhann mé is the analytic form of snámhaim.
Not really. "I am swimming"would be "Táim ag snámh" and in english it is what we call 'continuous' ( I am currently, right now, swimming - it's ongoing). It has the same meaning, sort of, but it's a different "aspect" (I swim would just mean that I swim sometimes, like the answer to the question "what do you do at the pool/on Sundays/for fun/in class?" In Irish, we have the analytical, where you say both full words: "snámhann" and "muid" (we swim). The synthetic is the same two words but kind of squished into one so that you can say it faster: "snámhaimid". The equivalent in English is saying "Aren't" instead of "are not", or "I'm" instead of "I am".
Would "Snámhaimid agus ithimid." also be acceptable or is there a special occasion to use the synthetic form?
What's the difference between snámhaimid and snámhann muid? Is there a difference in tone?
Ok if I said muid in an irish test instead of ithimid, im getting a huge red X next to my answer
Thats what I submited and it showed as correct! The lesson did not offer 'snámhaimid agus ithimid' as options at all for selection.
I don't know. In ireland though teachers always advise not to use it. I've lost marks in tests because I've used it. Same with snamhaim (ignore the spelling, im not the best at it) instead of snamhann mé, teachers just prefer the first one. Im not sure what the difference is though to be honest
The variations of the word you provide as "answers" are not what you put as clues. We cannot guess the correct word endings if you do not provide them!
When should we use "itheann muid" instead of "ithimid"? Or can we use them indistinctly?