"Bhí ag caint leis an mbreitheamh."

Translation:He was talking to the judge.

June 30, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

(The image in talideon's post)

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/freymuth

Why can't ag caint be translated as "speaking" here?

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

It can.

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Count_Nosliw

As of 27.6.2016, 'He was speaking with the judge' is still not accepted. I've reported it.

June 27, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/freymuth

I would have reported it as "should be accepted", but I had an actual mistake in there as well...

Go raibh maith agat!

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

I’ve had my share of those situations too. In such a case, just check the last box (the blank one) and describe the problem there, without also checking the box that suggests your translation as an example of correct usage.

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gohs_123

Is "Bhí sé ag labhairt..." equivalent?

August 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Knocksedan

To me, there is a slight difference between caint and labhairt, just as there is between "talking to/with" and "speaking to/with".

I would use ag caint if they were having a friendly chat, whereas ag labhairt would be used for a formal communication. You could use either ag caint or ag labhairt in other circumstances, but at the extreme ends of the spectrum of formality, I'd see a difference.

August 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/freymuth

I had never really considered that differentiation between "talk" and "speak", but now I recognize that that is a completely apt description of how I use those verbs. I talk with my friends, but I speak with my professors.

August 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gohs_123

Thank you.

August 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bredacm

OK You guys already explained this difference. Thank you

December 10, 2016
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