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"You are only girls."

Translation:Níl ionaibh ach cailíní.

August 3, 2015



I have just had an exercise which said: Níl iontu ach dlíodóirí and Níl ach dlíodóirí iontu are correct translations for : they are only lawyers. But in this sentence I have to put ionaibh between níl and ach. Is there a rule or a time that implicates the word order? Go raibh maith agut


Why can I say "Níl ach dalta inti" but "Níl ach cailíní ionaibh" is marked as wrong?


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Go raibh maith agat!


I used :

"Nil ach buachailli ionaibh" for You are only boys earlier and was marked correct .

Used the same construction here :

" Nil ach cailini ionaibh" and was marked incorrect.

Any explanation?


  • 1512

"Nil ach buachailli ionaibh" should not have been accepted as correct.

"You are only boys"
Níl ionaibh ach buachaillí


why not '' tá sibh ach cailíni''?

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    That is a literal translation. Irish is not English, it uses different constructions. Tá tú fear is a big no no in Irish. Tá (pronoun) (noun) is incorrect in Irish. The nearest you can get is Tá tú i d'fhear, tá tú i do chailín etc., although it's more common to say Is fear tú, is cailín tú.

    Níl ... ach = except, only. So if you say Tá sibh i bhur gcailíní then you can say Níl ionaibh ach cailíní although I don't think the cailíní would be pleased about it.

    Notice the connection between "i" and "ionaibh", i (sibh) = ionaibh.


    One might expect the use of "ní" here, rather than "níl" as per https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23725733/N%C3%ADl-rogha-agat. What's the logic?

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    This is not a copular construction - níl is correct, as the sentence properly uses , not is.

    Compare is múinteoir í to Tá sí ina múinteoir. When you are using the preposition i to describe someone, you don't use the copula.


    Níl ach buachaillí ionaibh was accepted (with a comment of alternative correct answer "níl ionaibh ach buachaillí") if both are good for one, why not the other. Inconsistent!!

    • 1512

    Níl ach buachaillí ionaibh should not have been accepted.

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