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"He is a student but they are not students."

Translation:Is dalta é ach ní daltaí iad.

May 31, 2015



I would say that dalta is the Irish for pupil and that mac léinn is the Irish for student. I understand that the problem is with the English but I would think that both answers should be accepted.


I completely agree. I always learned mac léinn for 'student'


Considering that there is a contrast between two persons here (maybe I’m biased by Italian, where this is significant), would it also be correct/usual to say ‘iadsan’?


I don't understand where the verb "to be" is in the second half of the answer. I thought that "ní" by itself pretty much translated as "not" and therefore needed to be paired with a separate verb, while "níl" was a contraction of "ní bhfuil" so it has the accompanying verb included. What am I missing here?


Ni on its own can also be the negative form of the copula (is) and thats the role it has here


Why is daltai not lenited after ni?


daltaí isn't a verb, and this isn't a negative particle, it's the negative form of the copula is.


Go raibh maith agat


...and 'siad' vs 'iad'? Could they have used 'siad' here?


No. , and siad are only ever used as the subject of an active verb, and adjacent to that verb. They are not used with the copula.

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    scríobh mé seo don cheann seo...Is mac léinn é ach ní mic léinn iad agus deir siad go bhfuil sé mícheart...chuir mé tuairisc isteach air.....


    We are all students and teachers. End professionalism


    Is dalta é ach ní daltaí iontu. I feel like this should be correct based on what I've learned here at least.


    It's not correct.

    You may have encountered exercises like Dochtúirí atá iontu - "They are doctors" (https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22847653) or Níl iontu ach dlíodóirí - "They are only lawyers" (https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/9670191). Neither of these constructions will lead to ní daltaí iontu.

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