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08-01-2020, 22:29   #1
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Help with homework

Just trying to get to grips with helping smallie with 6th class Irish homework please.

In verbs, the we verb uses amar/amid/famid.
Am I right in saying that back in my primary school days, we used sinn?

Also, what form does the 'command' form of verbs take? Are they same as the past tense?
For example 'Sigh síos' is a command isn't it?

Apologies if I'm not explaining my question properly but I'm finding this confusing.
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I'm struggling to understand what you mean. What are you asking?
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Ah no am I that bad at explaining?

From my memory, I thought that I learned me, tú, sí, sé, SINN, sibh, siad.
This was 30 years ago mind.
My son's verb book has no sinn.
For example the verb 'bris' is
Bhriseamar, Brisimid, Brisfimid.
I always assumed you said Bhris sinn.

My other question is, if I command someone to break something what tense is the command tense.
Do I say 'Bris an doras'?

Thanks for your patience from a struggling mother.
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Ah no am I that bad at explaining?

From my memory, I thought that I learned me, tú, sí, sé, SINN, sibh, siad.
This was 30 years ago mind.
My son's verb book has no sinn.
For example the verb 'bris' is
Bhriseamar, Brisimid, Brisfimid.
I always assumed you said Bhris sinn.

My other question is, if I command someone to break something what tense is the command tense.
Do I say 'Bris an doras'?

Thanks for your patience from a struggling mother.
sinn is the (e)amar, (a)imid, f(a)imid

Eg Bhris sinn is written as Bhriseamar and so on.
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So if we wrote sinn would we be incorrect?
Is sinn acceptable for only the spoken word so?
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So if we wrote sinn would we be incorrect?
Is sinn acceptable for only the spoken word so?
It wouldn't be right as such no.
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Commands/imperatives use the verb root.

Eg Ná dána; tóg amach do lón; bígí ciúin.
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Commands/imperatives use the verb root.

Eg Ná dána; tóg amach do lón; bígí ciúin.
Léigh an leabhar.
Ith do dinnéar.
Ól do bainne.

Am I doing this right?!
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Yep, that's it!

Obviously, for imperatives aimed at crowds, you use the root verb plus plural... so suígí síos, bígí ciúin, tógaigí amach bhur lóin etc.
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So if we wrote sinn would we be incorrect?
Is sinn acceptable for only the spoken word so?
I know that it's a long time since you asked the question, but it would be unusual to use sinn instead of -amar, -aimid, -faimid.


It's not used in many places these days - perhaps Mayo? - you are much more likely to hear muid these days than sinn. Which gives you these possibilities:


bhriseamar, brisimid, brisfimid
bhris muid, briseann muid, brisfidh muid


However,

bhris sinn, briseann sinn, brisfidh sinn
are theoretically possible, but you won't hear them much.
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