"We only have one pair of shoes."

Translation:Níl ach péire bróg amháin againn.

June 18, 2015

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Can you just say "Ta peire brog amhain againn"?


That would be "We have one pair of shoes"


Could you have used 'ceann amháin' here? I'm getting mixed up between 'amháin', 'ceann amháin' and just 'ceann'. I think I just did an exercise that ended 'they bought a new one' and it was 'cheannaigh siad ceann nua'. I manage to pick the wrong one every time.



The thing to remember is that the "one" in "we have a new one" isn't actually a number, it's a pronoun (standing in for the thing that you have). That's why you can say "I have 3 new ones" - "three" is being used as a number, and so can be represented by the numeral "3", but "ones" isn't, it's just shorthand for "pencils" or "batteries" or "books", or whatever it is that you have.

So, when we translate tá ceann amháin agam as "I have one", amháin is the number 1, and ceann is an unspoken "thing" - you could just say tá ceann agam.
"he told us a good one" - d'inis sé ceann maith dúinn
"that's the sixth (one) in the series" - sin an séú ceann sa tsraith
"it's almost impossible to get one" - tá sé beagnach dodhéanta ceann a fháil

In this exercise, "We only have one pair of shoes." "one" is a number - you could write "We only have 1 pair of shoes", or you could use any other number, - two three, four etc. So you translate it as amháin, not ceann. And you have also explicitly mentioned what you have (péire bróg), so you don't need a pronoun (ceann) to stand in for it, as it does in the examples above, where ceann is standing in for joke, book and ticket for the Late Late Toy Show.


:-) Thanks so much. That was a perfect explanation.


Should "Bróg" be in the genitive? i.e. spelt "bróige"


It is in the genitive - the genitive plural.


D'Usáidim "níl orainn ach péire bróga amhain"


ar (orainn) isn't use to say "have" in the sense of possessing something. You can say Níl orainn rith for "We don't have to run" but that "have to" has nothing to do with possession.


Go raibh maith agat.

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