How can you tell when to use the 'Tá ... ann' construction, and when to use 'Is ... é'?
Statements of existence use the Tá … ann construction; statements of identification and classification use the Is … é (or Is … í ) construction.
why is an in there? I would think that would translate to it is the night.
This is a situation where Irish needs an article and English doesn’t.
I was surprised by this as well before realizing my native language (French) did that too...
Scilling, what makes this situation different?
We had a similar question in this lesson (I think it was “spring” instead of “night”). I just want to make sure that I get the concept before moving too far down the line....
Thanks in advance!
If 'tá sé dorcha' is 'it is dark', can you not say 'tá sé oíche'?
Because oíche is a noun whereas dorcha is an adjective.
Ba chóir go mbeadh sé "An oíche atá ann". Tá "Tá an oíche ann" go hiomlán mícheart.
Why is it not 'Tá an oíche é'?
see scillings reply.
If oíche is feminine, why wouldn't it be "Tá an oíche inti"?
i am guessing that it is a general 'it' just as we've seen similar expression with 'there' ?a helper word
Why do you have to include the 'an' when you're not translating 'it is the night'
Why can't it be - tá sé oíche?
Why cant it be "oíche atá ann"