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Syntax question

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:22 am
by Songbird
Sorry if this is the wrong place, I'm new to this site and a beginner. Feel free to move this thread if it's in the wrong place.
So I want to say:
"I saw policemen today. They were on the road."
I wrote down:
Bha mi chunnaich na poileasmain an-diugh. Bha iad air an rathad.


I feel like I did something wrong. Help?? Critiques? Thanks.

Re: Syntax question

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:03 am
by akerbeltz
I moved it to the grammar section :)

Have a gander at this page and see if you want to make any changes to your sentence`?

Re: Syntax question

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:27 am
by An Gobaire
You've taken the past tense of "Faic" (see) - chunnaic, and used it with the past tense of "bhith" (be) - bha. You can't do that. You can have Bha + subject + verbal noun. "Bha mi a' faicinn".

However, what you needed to do was start with the past tense of "faic" - chunnaic
Chunnaic mi
You have also used the definite plural article with poileasmain but if we go by the English sentence, you want it to be indefinite. There is no indefinite article in Gaelic, so you just need to leave out the "na". Apart from that, it's fine.
Chunnaic mi poileasmain an-diugh. Bha iad air an rathad.