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PostPosted: Thu 16 Apr 2020 9:07 pm 
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There's a new baby in our family and for a card, we would like to use the above
whats the best translation for "The greatest gift ever" in this sense?
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PostPosted: Fri 17 Apr 2020 8:12 am 
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Laoch wrote:
There's a new baby in our family and for a card, we would like to use the above
whats the best translation for "The greatest gift ever" in this sense?
Go raibh mile maith agat


Comhghairdeas (congratulations), I'm learning Irish myself but to get it started

An bronntanas is fearr go deo - The greatest gift ever

Maybe the word blessing would work well too

An bheannacht is fearr go deo - The greatest blessing ever

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PostPosted: Fri 17 Apr 2020 11:39 am 
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Asarlaí wrote:
Laoch wrote:
There's a new baby in our family and for a card, we would like to use the above
whats the best translation for "The greatest gift ever" in this sense?
Go raibh mile maith agat


Comhghairdeas (congratulations), I'm learning Irish myself but to get it started

An bronntanas is fearr go deo - The greatest gift ever

Maybe the word blessing would work well too

An bheannacht is fearr go deo - The greatest blessing ever

Please wait for others to reply


Those would translate literally as "The best gift/blessing forever". I'm not sure if they would not be acceptable.

Another try, a literal translation:

An bronntanas is mó riamh.


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PostPosted: Fri 17 Apr 2020 11:44 am 
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Asarlaí wrote:
Laoch wrote:
There's a new baby in our family and for a card, we would like to use the above
whats the best translation for "The greatest gift ever" in this sense?
Go raibh mile maith agat


Comhghairdeas (congratulations), I'm learning Irish myself but to get it started

An bronntanas is fearr go deo - The greatest gift ever

Maybe the word blessing would work well too

An bheannacht is fearr go deo - The greatest blessing ever

Please wait for others to reply


Ní cheapaim go ndéarfaí "... is fearr go deo", deirtear "... is fearr ar fad" nó "... is fearr i bhfad"

I don't think people would say "... is fearr go deo", they say "... is fearr ar fad" or "... is fearr i bhfad"


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PostPosted: Fri 17 Apr 2020 5:39 pm 
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Labhrás wrote:

Ní cheapaim go ndéarfaí "... is fearr go deo", deirtear "... is fearr ar fad" nó "... is fearr i bhfad"

I don't think people would say "... is fearr go deo", they say "... is fearr ar fad" or "... is fearr i bhfad"


Thanks Labhrás. What would you or others suggest for a translation of 'The greatest gift ever'?
(so the original poster as a definitive answer)


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PostPosted: Fri 17 Apr 2020 8:12 pm 
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Thank you so much, everyone, for your input! I am very grateful for all your help.


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PostPosted: Sat 18 Apr 2020 12:40 pm 
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Asarlaí wrote:
Labhrás wrote:

Ní cheapaim go ndéarfaí "... is fearr go deo", deirtear "... is fearr ar fad" nó "... is fearr i bhfad"

I don't think people would say "... is fearr go deo", they say "... is fearr ar fad" or "... is fearr i bhfad"


Thanks Labhrás. What would you or others suggest for a translation of 'The greatest gift ever'?
(so the original poster as a definitive answer)


an bronntanas is fearr amuigh, i bhfad, ar fad

If you want to have the time adverb "ever" there must be an action.
Even in English "the best ... ever" involves some kind of understood action, i.e. "the best gift (I) ever (got)"
Of course, this action ist past tense (because you'll never know: you might get a better gift tomorrow or next birthday.)
So, "go deo" can't be used - but "riamh".
In Irish, the action is usually not omitted. (Though sometimes you will hear "is fearr riamh" by non-native speakers)

an bronntanas is fearr a fuair mé riamh
an bronntanas is fearr dá bhfuair mé riamh


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PostPosted: Sat 18 Apr 2020 4:39 pm 
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Labhrás wrote:
an bronntanas is fearr amuigh, i bhfad, ar fad

Would this work for a card?


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PostPosted: Mon 20 Apr 2020 9:09 am 
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Laoch wrote:
Labhrás wrote:
an bronntanas is fearr amuigh, i bhfad, ar fad

Would this work for a card?


Yes - any one of the three.

'An bronntanas is fearr i bhfad' - 'the best present by far'
'An bronntanas is fearr ar fad' and 'an bronntanas is fearr amuigh' can both be translated as 'the best possible present/best present ever/ best present of all' etc.


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PostPosted: Tue 21 Apr 2020 9:52 am 
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Labhrás wrote:
If you want to have the time adverb "ever" there must be an action.
Even in English "the best ... ever" involves some kind of understood action, i.e. "the best gift (I) ever (got)"
Of course, this action ist past tense (because you'll never know: you might get a better gift tomorrow or next birthday.)
So, "go deo" can't be used - but "riamh".
In Irish, the action is usually not omitted. (Though sometimes you will hear "is fearr riamh" by non-native speakers)
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On Foclóir, they offer the following examples, without showing action. How are these different in grammar than saying, "an bronntanas is mó riamh"?

an leibhéal is ísle riamh
an leibhéal is airde riamh


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