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"Oibríonn an feirmeoir ar an bhfeirm."

Translation:The farmer works on the farm.

May 11, 2015



Next you'll be saying all bachelors are unmarried.


Is there a difference in Irish between 'on' and 'at'? (So would 'The farmer works on the farm' be interchangeable with 'the farmer works at the farm'? Or 'the girls are on the beach' with 'the girls are at the beach'? I tend to use them interchangeably in English but I've been marked wrong twice with that sort of change.)


There is a difference between "on" and "at", just as there is in English. The fact that you use them interchangeably in some circumstances doesn't mean that the two words are equivalent. While prepositions don't often translate directly, always go for the direct translation unless you are quite sure that it is wrong.


Thanks :) I'm mostly using the app, so I've just been going by context clues for the most part. I'll have to pay more attention.


Redundant, don't you think? :)


Yup. But at least it gives you a chance to equate the new vocabulary with a noun you already know. (Not that 'feirm' is a difficult word in any case, but I think that is the logic.)


It didn't work out for him on the catwalk then.


Would it be more accurate to say The farmer works on his farm?


No, that would be "Oibríonn an feirmeoir ar a fheirm."


Does this sentence convey that the farmer is male, or do all farmers get declined as male regardless of personal gender? I.e., would a female farmer be referred to as "an fheirmeoir"?


The grammatical gender of a word has nothing to do with the person that a word is applied to. All "job" words that end in eoir or óir are masculine, and the teacher, the lawyer and the farmer are just an múinteoir, an dlíodóir and an feirmeoir, whether they are a man or a woman, just as "the girl" is an cailín.


What a novel concept


I'm struggling with the pronounciation of feirmeoir. The Connacht variant on https://www.teanglann.ie/en/fuaim/feirmeoir seems to say "vellemeera"...?


Can we say 'at the farm' instead?

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