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"She has a girlfriend."

Translation:Tá cailín aici.

June 13, 2015



Similar to other questions, but not answered yet.
Other than context, how do you differentiate between a girl/boy and a girlfriend/boyfriend if the word is the same?

She could have a girlfriend, she could have a girl (child), or she could have someone else's girl.


Having grown up with a mother from Boston and a father from Ireland, both referred to female non-romantic friends of girls as a "girlfriend", though boys didn't seem to often refer to male friends as "boyfriends" (though "boys" or "lads" would be used).


I've always thought it was cailín/buachaill chara because that's what I heard in the Gealtacht.


I think thats a very literal translation of boy/girl + friend and something I'd use moreso to describe a boy or girl who is a friend rather than someone I'm in a relationship with. Its kind of like the difference between girlfriend (relationship) and girl friend (friendship), but that's my personal interpretation


I take it that you never spent a summer at the Gaeltacht as a teenager? I can assure you that the typical attendee at a Coláiste Samhraidh is far more interested in "girlfriends" than "girl friends".


Tá for grá ;)


Duo corrects ''Tá cailín cara aici'' to '' Tá cailín aici'', why is that?


I think it asks specifically for a "girlfriend", implying a romantic connection, rather than a "girl friend" or "female friend" which doesn't imply a romantic connection


"Tá caiín aici" means she has a girl not she has a girlfriend. Dont get this one.


That's just how it's written in Irish. There aren't any other words that get closer to "girlfriend".


When saying "have" do you not have to put in the subject? "Tá cailín sí aici"?


Irish has a peculiar structure to say have (at least for english natives): to say "X has Y", you say "Tá Y ag X", which literally means "There is Y on X" or, when Y is definite, "Y is on X", so "She has a girlfriend" is "Tá cailín aici" (aici is the "contracted" form of "*ag sí", because almost all preposition get contracted with pronouns in Irish). Hope that helped ;-)


That helps a lot. Thank you very much.


So aici is because it is a girlfriend?

Would té cailín aici be girlfriend but aigi would be boyfriend so "té buachaill aigi?"


No, it is aici because it the sentence is "she has".

tá buachaill aici - "she has a boyfriend"
tá buachaill aige - "he has a boyfriend"
tá cailín aici - "she has a girlfriend"
tá cailín aige - "he has a girlfriend"

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