"The boy and Paul eat bread."
Translation:Itheann an buachaill agus Pól arán.
This is throwing me straight into verb construction with no clue about how it works!
How come in this sentence the verb begins the sentence, but in "Tá an biachlár agat" (You have the menu) the verb is last?
Because "agat" is not the verb. It is a prepositional pronoun and means "at you". "Tá" is the verb. The sentence reads: Is the menu at you. Mind that it is not a question. So actually it is not "you" that has something, it is the menu being somewhere.
Why don't they teach sentence construction before we learn words, then forget therm because we have to learn how to do sentences?!
Remember that you can hover over words you don't know so that you can learn them ;)
Hi, someone may say me why i can't say "An buachaill agus Paul itheann arán", why corrects me to the sentence "Itheann an buachaill agus Pól arán"?
The word order in Irish is different from word order in English. In Irish we use the verb (Itheann) at the beginning of the sentence, followed by the subject (an buachaill agus Pól) and then the object (arán). In English we first use the subject, and after that the verb. I don't know if the order of a questioning sentence is different in Irish.
I have seen many questions about word order, but I believe they do explain on the pc version of this application. The explanation of the grammar of each lesson isn't present on the mobile application, though by looking carefully you may be able to decipher a lesson's content.
I do have one question for the awesome pal who can answer it. When do we use capitalised letters in Irish, and when do we not?
Hate to burst your bubble but I'm using the PC version and I haven't seen one word about sentence structure other than in this forum. If it is there, someone please tell me where. Thanks you. Andy by the way, many thanks to SatharnPHL for answering my question about I am a boy. It really helped. I don't know how to get back to that thread to thank you more appropriately.
Duolingo is designed to "teach by example". Nobody taught you that the subject came before the verb when you were learning English, you figured it out for yourself. The Duolingo exercises expose you to simple sentences and you quickly figure out that the word order is different.
There are Tips and Notes available in the Web version of Duolingo. The Tips & Notes for the very first skill, Basics 1, do explain the word order. The Tips and Notes aren't considered a prerequisite for the course, and they don't provide an in-depth explanation of language feature, but they can obviously provide a short-cut for some of the learning process.
The other thread is here
Eat The(An?) Boy and Paul bread! Check!! This will be a fun way to challenge myself and the 1 language I know!
That is "Paul and the boy eat bread" not "The boy and Paul eat bread". Translations (being specific) is important for learning a language. It will get more complicated as you build larger, more detailed sentences.
What does the extra n mean? (eg) ithean, Itheann. Which one is correct, when?
saying "I eat bread and drink" every day really makes me wish I wasn't wheat intolerant
Try European wheat, it doesn't have glysophate changes in the protein molecules. American and Canadian wheat makes me sick (within minutes of eating it). European wheat products don't.
Most languages dont have sentence structure like English. I just expect it and write down difficult sentences and try to make sense of it so i remember for next time.
So I said the boy and Paul eat bread, and I was wrong I should of said Paul and the boy eat bread, is there a sense to that or were the duolingo devs just lazy?
It's actually to help you learn. You didn't translate the sentence into Irish, you paraphrased it(same meaning but changed the words around). Its not laziness on duolingo's part anyway.
And now it's the opposite, still wrong, though it's tjhe good words I checked each letter
An is singular and na is plural. Basically at this stage that's the easiest thing to remember. An buachaill (the boy), na buachailli (the boys)
Nope, not going to struggle through this bs when they haven't taught me sentence structuring. Going to PC version asap!