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PostPosted: Thu 15 Aug 2019 11:15 am 
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From www.focloir.ie I got this sentence:

Is é an rud céanna a tharlódh agus bíodh sé féin i láthair
Translation: The same thing would happen were he himself present

...shouldn't that be 'bhíodh'? Doesn't the past habitual get used here after the conditional tense of tarlaigh, acting as a kind of imperfect tense?

I thought 'bíodh sé' was the imperative.

Can anyone help?! Many thanks to anyone who would like to give advice...


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Aug 2019 12:15 pm 
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agaitagalega wrote:
From http://www.focloir.ie I got this sentence:

Is é an rud céanna a tharlódh agus bíodh sé féin i láthair
Translation: The same thing would happen were he himself present

...shouldn't that be 'bhíodh'? Doesn't the past habitual get used here after the conditional tense of tarlaigh, acting as a kind of imperfect tense?

I thought 'bíodh sé' was the imperative.

Can anyone help?! Many thanks to anyone who would like to give advice...


It seems like a typo, doesn't it? But then foclóir goes on to give many examples of conjunctions using "bíodh". Let's see what others have to say about it.


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Aug 2019 12:52 pm 
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You never know with focloir...this is a site that says (I quote):

"green is a grammatical form of: green bean"


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Aug 2019 2:56 pm 
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agaitagalega wrote:
From http://www.focloir.ie I got this sentence:

Is é an rud céanna a tharlódh agus bíodh sé féin i láthair
Translation: The same thing would happen were he himself present

...shouldn't that be 'bhíodh'? Doesn't the past habitual get used here after the conditional tense of tarlaigh, acting as a kind of imperfect tense?

I thought 'bíodh sé' was the imperative.

Can anyone help?! Many thanks to anyone who would like to give advice...


It is "bíodh" and should be "bíodh".
You are right: Bíodh is imperative mood (and never lenited).

But you can describe conditions using imperative mood
(introduced by "agus" when second part of the sentence):

Is é an rud céanna a tharlódh agus bíodh sé féin i láthair

is principally the same as conditional mood with dá:

Is é an rud céanna a tharlódh dá mbeadh sé féin i láthair
(The same thing would happen if he would be present himself.)

Imperative mood in conditions is at least common in Connacht Irish.


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PostPosted: Wed 21 Aug 2019 2:06 pm 
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Go raibh míle maith 'at as an gcuidiú!


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