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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec 2017 4:47 am 
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Táim in ann "Oiche Chiúin" a chanadh as Gaeilge == I can sing "Silent Night" in Irish

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec 2017 7:23 pm 
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Vitaee wrote:
Táim in ann "Oiche Chiúin" a chanadh as Gaeilge == I can sing "Silent Night" in Irish

Do I have this right??

Yes, although technically, what you have means "I am able to sing Silent Night in Irish", and to say you "can" sing it you'd say:
Is féidir liom "Oiche Chiúin" a chanadh as Gaeilge
but people use them interchangeably.

Another note is that, while "as Gaeilge" is standard and widely used, some native speakers prefer "i nGaeilge" (again, a somewhat pedantic quibble).

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 Post subject: Re: Is this right??
PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec 2017 6:56 am 
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CaoimhínSF wrote:
Vitaee wrote:
Táim in ann "Oiche Chiúin" a chanadh as Gaeilge == I can sing "Silent Night" in Irish

Do I have this right??

Yes, although technically, what you have means "I am able to sing Silent Night in Irish", and to say you "can" sing it you'd say:
Is féidir liom "Oiche Chiúin" a chanadh as Gaeilge
but people use them interchangeably.

Another note is that, while "as Gaeilge" is standard and widely used, some native speakers prefer "i nGaeilge" (again, a somewhat pedantic quibble).


While we're sort of on the subject, is there any effective difference between "Táim in ann...." and "Is féidir liom....", or is it mostly a matter of personal preference?? And wasn't there another way of saying "I can...." ??


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 Post subject: Re: Is this right??
PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec 2017 10:58 am 
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While we're sort of on the subject, is there any effective difference between "Táim in ann...." and "Is féidir liom....", or is it mostly a matter of personal preference?? And wasn't there another way of saying "I can...." ??


You can also say: Tá mé ábalta...

"Táim in ann...." and "Is féidir liom...." - Yes, personal choice mostly. In Conamara we tend to prefer "in ann".


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 Post subject: Re: Is this right??
PostPosted: Tue 12 Dec 2017 9:15 pm 
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You can also say: Tá mé ábalta...

"Táim in ann...." and "Is féidir liom...." - Yes, personal choice mostly. In Conamara we tend to prefer "in ann".

Yes, I think "Tá mé ábalta..." is more common in Ulster.

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 Post subject: Re: Is this right??
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Out of curiosity, isn't that quite redundant? If you are able to sing Oíche Chiúin it must surely be in Irish...

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 Post subject: Re: Is this right??
PostPosted: Wed 20 Dec 2017 2:54 pm 
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Cúmhaí wrote:
Out of curiosity, isn't that quite redundant? If you are able to sing Oíche Chiúin it must surely be in Irish...


is féidir liom 'Stille Nacht' a chanadh as Gearmáinis.
Ach ní féidir liom 'Silent Night' a chanadh as Béarla ná 'Oíche chiúin' a chanadh as Gaeilge. :)


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