So is cád always followed by a? Where does the a come from?
"a" is a "verbal particle" and you can look it up on the nualeargais website (sorry, I can't explain more don't understand it yet).
By contrast, how would one say "What eats dogs?"
I'm struggling with this too... Seems to be the same construction
When do you say "cad ata" (no accents because I don't know all the Alt-codes by heart) "cad a" or "ceard a?" I don't know the difference between them.
cad a and céard a mean the same thing and are just different dialects.
You use cad atá/céard atá when the question uses a form of the verb bí (such as Céard atá tú ag ithe - what are you eating)
what's different between "cad a" and "cad ata"?
In the case of the verb tá, the relative particle a fuses with the verb - atá. For all other verbs, they remain separate - a itheann.
Thanks. That helps explain the uses of 'a' and 'ata'.
the answer is correct and does not work
Why not "Cá itheann madraí?" I know it's wrong but I don't know why.
'Ca' means 'where', Cad/Ceard mean 'what'.
What is bí
It's the verb from which tá comes (basically the verb to be)
Cá vs Cad?
Cá is where and Cad is what.
i put 'céard é itheann madraí", thinking you write like "what is it (that) dogs eat". i remember something is supposed to be written with that sort of structure, but apparently not this. what am i thinking of and how is it different from this?
Reviewing this lesson, and I still not clear as to why it is "Cad a itheann madrai?" as opposed to "Cad itheann madrai?" What is the "a" for?