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We practiced eclipsing nouns in prepositional phrases with 'ar' in the context “ar an ___,” using the Tabbies of Doom!


We reviewed answers for some of last week’s homework, the five sentences to help you practice making subordinate clauses.

Then we dug in and went through the verbal nouns on the "Verbal nouns and imperatives" sheet -- if you weren't at class, make sure you check your answers against my master sheet or against the answers of someone who was in class...and in the case of the latter, if you find a difference then check with me just to make sure we know everyone has the right answers.

Since two of our new verbal nouns are seasamh and suí, I went off on a tangent in which I explained that when we put these VNs in our good ol' phrase ag ____, we don't get the statements we think we might.

Tá mé ag seasamh. "I am (in the process of) standing (up)."
Tá mé i mo sheasamh. "I am (in a) standing (position)."

Yep, that's right, our old friends the possessive adjectives have proven themselves useful yet again. This is the same phrasing needed to talk about being asleep and being awake. Lookin' at you, Michael.

Last week it seemed there was a little confusion over the sentence structures "Tá mé X" vs "Tá X orm," so I've put together a worksheet to give you more opportunity to practice: “More on emotions & illnesses.” Contact me if you missed class and you'd like me to send you a PDF.

Then we went through BC 13 and went home.

Obair bhaile:

Previous Class (March 26) {Back to Top}(back to top)


We did another round of the "game show" we did last week, except I had you all play amongst yourselves instead of running the show myself. To this end we talked about some of the stuff you could/should say to keep things running:

"Would you like...?" -- Ar mhaith leat an ceann ____ nó an ceann ____?
"I would like...." -- Ba mhaith liom an ceann ____.
"You won..." -- Ghnóthaith tú…. / Bhuaigh tú….
"You didn't win..." -- Níor ghnóthaigh tú.... / Níor bhuaigh tú....


We reviewed the answers for last week’s homework (the four sentences to be translated into Irish)... and then went on to PI 7! Ahhh, at last. PI 7 has thirty imperatives and we went through those and some of the exercises (the rest are for homework).

Then I handed out a sheet for you to work on over the next couple weeks -- on the sheet you are asked to give the core meaning for each imperative from PI 7, write the plural imperative (skip that for now), and find the verbal noun.

Core meanings: shouldn't be hard, just look at PI 7. Also, check PI 1 and PI 4 for some of the verbal nouns (the words after "ag" in the "ag ___" phrases). Other verbal nouns might be a bit trickier to find, and we talked about some strategies and can continue to do so the next time we meet, but do give it a shot.

Obair bhaile

PI 7 "Cuir Gaeilge air seo"

“Verbal nouns and imperatives” sheet, the meanings and the verbal nouns

Subordinate clause practice -- Translate:
1. He says that he’s right.
2. Perhaps they are sad about the weather.
3. Is she happy that you’re here?
4. I’m afraid that we’re not ready yet.
5. We hope that Pat isn’t too sick. (I hope = tá súil agam)

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