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Post April 12 2005, 3:30 AM
Jsn
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Someone I know has a tatoo and refuses to tell anyone what it means. I am the most curious person ever (ok, not quite ever but at least that I know) and really want to know what it means. I have spent an hour of intense search on google and was unable to find a direct one word translation. I am wondering the english meaning of the word bhfuil. Thank you very much for your time.

 
Post April 12 2005, 3:41 AM
JonO
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as far as i know, its the present tense of the english 'to be.' the verb being 'bí.' its one of the irregulars. don't quote me, i'm really not sure if my sources are correct.

Post April 12 2005, 3:48 AM
Jsn
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Thanks. I dont really understand why someone would tatoo that on themselves...hmmmm. :? If someone would like to confirm or revise JonO's translation I would really appreciate it.

Post April 12 2005, 4:04 AM
Gaeilgeoir
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Jon0 is right.

It's part of Bí, the verb to be, in present tense

An bhfuil tú...? Are you?
Nach bhfuil tú...? Aren't you?

Why on Earth anyone would want just the word 'bhfuil' tattooed on them is beyond me. :roll:

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Post April 12 2005, 4:04 AM
Aibigéal
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You're sure it's only that one word? 8O

He's right, it's just a form of the verb "to be." It's pronounced sort of like "whill."

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Post April 12 2005, 4:14 AM
Jsn
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Yes it is just that one word. A girl (and her sister) that I know have it tatooed on their foot. It's some sister bond thingy... I guess there must be some meaning that I cant understand just from knowing the meaning of the word. Maybe someone has an idea...cause if you dont then I am stumped.

Post April 12 2005, 4:26 AM
Séafra
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yah, that's kind of an odd thing to get inked on yourself...

Post April 12 2005, 5:10 AM
Redwolf
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By itself, it really doesn't mean anything at all. It is a form of the verb "be," but it can't stand alone...it's used to ask questions, and needs to be conbined with an interrogative particle:

An bhfuil...? "is it...?

Nach bhfuil...? "Isn't it...?

Ca bhfuil...? "where is...?

Etc.

Redwolf

Post April 12 2005, 6:11 AM
percy19weasley
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I think people here are right.
Fuil is the dependent form of the present tense of the ver "to be" so it must come with a word, an or some other.

Post April 12 2005, 16:13 PM
Conor
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percy19weasley wrote:I think people here are right.
Fuil is the dependent form of the present tense of the ver "to be" so it must come with a word, an or some other.


Right :gut:

Dependent form of the present tense of the verb "bí" - just like raibh is the dependent form of the past tense


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