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Tense help

Hello, how can you tell the difference between the conditional and the imperfect tense in the first conjugation? The stem seems to sound the same for both.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

In most dialects it is the same.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

So will you understand which one they're using from context?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Yep. They've both merged sound-wise into the conditional mood. It is worth noting that there is some difference in parts of Connemara still.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Thank you! Very helpful.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnLonDubhBeag

As galaxyrocker said, in most dialects they are the same, even those where they're not the difference is extremely subtle:

thógfadh

thógadh

As you no doubt know, the -f- is pronounced as a "h" in some dialects, and in some dialects this causes the previous consonant to be devoiced, so you actually have:

thócadh

thógadh

This can lead to the rarest sounds in the language, devoiced slender r:

mhairfeadh

3 years ago
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