"An bhfuil seacláid ó chailín?"

Translation:Does a girl want chocolate?

July 28, 2015



Hi, Duolinguists! In Focloir.ie, I am seeing the "tá ... ó" construction used for both "want" and "need." Is there any way in practice to distinguish when it's being used for one or the other? Is it just a matter of context? Or in practice are there ways that native speakers make the distinction? Thanks!

September 4, 2016


I'm wondering the same!

March 29, 2017


"Does a girl want chocolate?" Am i the only one who hears these said in Jaqen H'ghars voice?

April 30, 2017


I must admit I don't understand the logic behind the sentence at all here... where is it that we know she "wants" it?

July 28, 2015


It's a phrasal verb in Irish, bí ó. In some dialects teastaigh ó can mean it, as well as bí ag iarraidh

July 28, 2015


I see. Thanks!

July 28, 2015


I don't understand at all how they get does a girl want chocolate out of this

December 2, 2015


Irish doesn’t have a standalone verb “want”; it uses phrasal verbs instead to mean “want”, and one of those phrasal verbs is bí ó. The interrogative verbal particle an starts a question, and fuil is the form of that follows a verbal particle. Because this an causes eclipsis, fuil becomes bhfuil. Thus, An bhfuil X ó Y? means “Does Y want X?” Neither seacláid nor cailín has a definite article, so An bhfuil seacláid ó chailín? means “Does a girl want (a) chocolate?”.

February 28, 2016


How do you say: "His girl wants chocolate"?

October 13, 2016


What does Bhfuil mean? It say is or are. What does that mean?

September 14, 2015


"bhfuil" is a form of the verb "bí". You can think of it as replacing "tá" in certain circumstances, in this case after the interrogative (question) particle "an". "tá" can mean "is" or "are" (or "am") depending on the subject eg "Tá sé anseo" = "He is here", "Tá siad anseo" = "They are here". And similarly with "bhfuil" ("An bhfuil sé anseo?", "An bhfuil siad anseo?")

September 17, 2015


How would you ask "Is the chocolate from the girl?"

September 18, 2015


An bhfuil an seacláid ón gcailín?

February 28, 2016
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