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 Aonad 24 Unit 24

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In this unit we will re-visit the past tense and will ask two related questions –

Cá háit a ndeachaigh tú ar laethanta saoire anuraidh?

Where did you go on holiday last year?

Cá háit a ndeachaigh tú ar laethanta saoire anuraidh?

and 

Ar thaitin sé leat?

Did you enjoy it?

Ar thaitin sé leat?

 

So let’s look at sample answers to:

Cá háit a ndeachaigh tú ar laethanta saoire anuraidh?

Cá háit a ndeachaigh tú ar laethanta saoire anuraidh?

 

You might say,

Chuaigh mé chun an Fraince ar feadh coicíse 

I went to France for a fortnight 

Chuaigh mé chun an Fraince ar feadh coicíse

 

Chuaigh mé chuig Contae na Gaillimhe 

I went to County Galway 

Chuaigh mé chuig Contae na Gaillimhe

 

Chuaigh mé chun na Gaeltachta 

I went to the Gaeltacht 

Chuaigh mé chun na Gaeltachta

 

Chuaigh mé chuig Caisleán Nua sa charbhán 

I went to Newcastle in the caravan 

Chuaigh mé chuig Caisleán Nua sa charbhán

 

Chuaigh mé ar saoire láneagraithe chun na hIodáile

I went on a package holiday to Italy 

Chuaigh mé ar saoire láneagraithe chun na hIodáile

 

We say ‘Chuaigh mé’ for I went in a positive response to cá háit a ndeachaigh tú?

If you didn’t go anywhere you would say 

Ní dheachaigh mé áit ar bith 

I didn’t go anywhere

Ní dheachaigh mé áit ar bith

 

Or, with more detail,

Ar an drochuair, ní dheachaigh mé áit ar bith mar bhí mé tinn

Unfortunately, I didn’t go anywhere as I was sick

Ar an drochuair, ní dheachaigh mé áit ar bith mar bhí mé tinn

 

To respond to the second part of the question, 

Ar thaitin sé leat? Did you enjoy it?

You could simply say

Thaitin sé liom cinnte

I enjoyed it surely 

Thaitin sé liom cinnte

Or 

Thaitin sé go mór liom 

I enjoyed it greatly 

Thaitin sé go mór liom

Or 

Thaitin sé as cuimse liom 

I enjoyed it immensely

Thaitin sé as cuimse liom

 

If you didn’t enjoy it, you could say to the question

Ar thaitin sé leat?

Níor thaitin sé liom 

Níor thaitin sé liom 

 

You might expand on that by adding

Níor thaitin sé liom mar bhí drochaimsir ann

I didn’t enjoy it because there was bad weather

Níor thaitin sé liom mar bhí drochaimsir ann

 

Or 

 

Níor thaitin sé liom mar ní raibh an bia thar moladh beirte 

I didn’t enjoy it because the food was poor

Níor thaitin sé liom mar ní raibh an bia thar moladh beirte 

 

You may wish to give some reasons as to why you enjoyed your holiday last year. The usual ‘threes’ technique can prove useful in helping you to structure an answer.

Listen to the following examples:

Ar thaitin sé leat?

Thaitin sé go mór liom. Bhí aimsir ar dóigh againn; bhí neart le déanamh; agus bhí an lóistín ar fheabhas.

I enjoyed it a lot. The weather was great; there was pleanty to do; and the accommodation was excellent. 

Thaitin sé go mór liom. Bhí aimsir ar dóigh againn; bhí neart le déanamh; agus bhí an lóistín ar fheabhas.

And this one:

Ar thaitin sé leat?

Thaitin sé liom cinnte. Léigh mé leabhair; lig mé mo scíth; agus bhlais mé cultúr nua 

I enjoyed it certainly. I read books; I rested and I tasted a new culture

Thaitin sé liom cinnte. Léigh mé leabhair; lig mé mo scíth; agus bhlais mé cultúr nua

 

Go dtí an chéad Aonad eile mar sin, slán go fóill. 

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