"Where is he living?"

Translation:Cá bhfuil sé ina chónaí?

May 16, 2015



Why is "chónai" lenited only when asking where a male is living?

July 4, 2015


ina is either "in his" or "in her" or "in their" referring to the dwelling, where then standard rules apply for lenition or eclipsis.

July 10, 2015



July 11, 2015


Why can't I use "cén ait" in this sentence?

May 16, 2015


is actually already Cén áit. It's basically a contraction of Cén áit a, that has generally become a verbal particle.

May 16, 2015


Shouldnt both options be right then?

May 16, 2015


The issue is you'll never hear Cén áit a. It'll always be , and is what's taught in the standard as a verbal particle for "where".

May 16, 2015


Thank you for the explanation :-)

May 17, 2015


However, the opposite is true in some situations. If you wanted to just say "Where?", you'd have to use Cén áit? and couldn't use

May 17, 2015


Does someone have a list of translating "When"/"Who"/"What"/etc to Irish? That would be very helpful

March 31, 2016


It is in the notes.

April 23, 2016


I have written them out on a sheet of paper so I have them beside me to help me figure which one to use.Might work for you too.

May 7, 2018

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    From an Ulster Irish (Gaeilig Uladh) point of view, would "Cá háit a bhfuil sé ina chónaí?" not be acceptable?

    As an example of similar: "Cá háit a bhfuil an LYIT?" - on the Letterkenny Institute of Technology website. I've seen similar usage via Foras na Gaeilge with "Cá háit ar domhan a bhfuil an Róimh?".

    January 10, 2018


    I used gcónaí, don't understand why that was wrong?

    April 25, 2016


    As far as i know, is because of the eclipsis occurs when the possesive "a" is referred to "they". In this case we need the lenition because the sentence is " Cá bhfuil sé ina chónaí?" [Where is HE living?] and not "Cá bhfuil siad ina gcónaí?" [Where are THEY living?].

    April 26, 2016


    Why is it "cá bhfuil SÉ ina chónaí" but "cá bhfuil mo hata buí"? (The latter is also from duolingo). Where did sé go?

    September 27, 2017


    Cá = Where ; bhfuil =is , sé =he ; ina chónaí = in his residence . But in English you ask "Where is he living?"

    October 26, 2017


    Why does lenition occur here?

    May 1, 2019

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    The a in this phrase is the possessive adjective - when it means "his" it lenites (tá sé ina chónaí), when it means "hers" it doesn't do anything (tá sí ina cónaí), when it means "their" it eclipses (tá siad ina gcónaí).

    May 1, 2019
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