"He does not want the hat."

Translation:Níl an hata uaidh.

6/23/2015, 3:24:55 AM


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Does it matter if an hata comes before or after the uaidh? would ¨Níl uaidh an hata¨ mean the same thing?

6/23/2015, 3:24:55 AM

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An hata is the subject of the sentence, so it should be before uaidh.

6/23/2015, 11:25:44 AM


can anyone help me learn the difference between "nil" and "ni"? I believe one is used to "ta" and one for "is," but I don't recognize those when there is a "nil" or a "ni" Hope I'm making sense.

7/26/2016, 3:08:27 AM

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Níl actually stands for ní fhuil but since fh- is silent, it all just runs together and contracts - hence níl. Fuil is another form of bí, like tá.

10/23/2016, 5:43:48 PM


is used to make a verb negative, e.g. ní rithim (I don't run). Níl is like the negative of , e.g. níl me ag rith (I am not running). I suppose it's the equivalent of the difference in English where for verbs, you usually use do not for negatives, but with "to be" (I think it's the copula, but I'm not entirely sure what that actually is), you just use not (i.e. I don't run vs. I am not running). I hope that makes sense ^-^;

9/18/2016, 2:56:17 AM


Why is it "Nil an hata uaidh" OR "Ni theastaionn an hata uaidh"? why is the first one Nil and the second "ni"?

8/5/2016, 12:45:33 AM

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The first is the negative of tá. The second uses ní to negate the verb.

9/4/2017, 9:48:10 PM


I feel like "tá [rud éigin] uaim" means more like "I am without [something]", which could be a want or a need - for example, if I wanted to write something but didn't have a pen, I would say "tá peann uaim", where I both want and need a pen at the same time - so shouldn't "I need" be accepted as an answer as well?

Or am I just misinterpreting the meaning?

9/18/2016, 3:13:54 AM


Why is "Ní dteastaíonn an hata uaidh" wrong ? Tks in advance for your help.

5/26/2018, 7:33:13 AM

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The negative particle causes lenition, not eclipsis, so it would have to be Ní theastaíonn rather than Ní dteastaíonn.

5/26/2018, 9:56:44 AM
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