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"The spider is dead."

Translation:Tá an damhán alla marbh.

May 14, 2015



Can someone explain the difference betweeen "Tá" and "is"? I don't really understand when to use which. Thank you!

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    If you were to use is it would be Is damhán alla marbh é which means It is a dead spider. It identifies a spider as being a dead one.

    Tá an damhán alla marbh is describing the current state of the spider.


    I'm shaky on it, too, but I think you would use "is" if you were to say "it is a dead spider". In this case you're saying something about the spider, not what it is. At least, this is my current trick for trying to know when to use which.


    What is the plural of damhán alla?


    go raibh maith agat


    Just wondering in response to the above comment: In a case like this, you would probably say in english "Thank God", if you feel a great relieve of something. Would that be "Go raibh maith Dia"?


    Thank God is Buíochas le Dia.

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