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PostPosted: Tue 16 Mar 2021 3:39 am 
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Suppose I am eating in an Irish restaurant, and the waitress/hostess/manager comes up to my t able and asks how I like my meal.
I answer as follows:

Táim ag báint taitneamh as an bia seo.

Which, I believe, means "I am enjoying this food".
But how would I say I am REALLY enjoying this food?
Would that be:

Táim ag baint taitneamh an-mhór as an bia seo.

And are there better/alternate ways of saying this?


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PostPosted: Tue 16 Mar 2021 8:02 pm 
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Couldn't you just say - Tá sé sin an-bhlasta. In 'Irish for Beginners - Usborne Language Guides', the satisfied customer says in reply to the waiter who asks ' An bhfuil sé ceart go leor?' - 'Tá sé go hálainn' (and he's kissing his lips - I don't remember seeing anyone doing that in Ireland, the last time I was there, but it was a long time ago, before they invented motorways). ;)


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PostPosted: Wed 17 Mar 2021 1:56 am 
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Vitaee wrote:
Suppose I am eating in an Irish restaurant, and the waitress/hostess/manager comes up to my t able and asks how I like my meal.
I answer as follows:

Táim ag báint taitneamh as an bia seo.

Which, I believe, means "I am enjoying this food".
But how would I say I am REALLY enjoying this food?
Would that be:

Táim ag baint taitneamh an-mhór as an bia seo.

And are there better/alternate ways of saying this?


Like Franc said you could say: Tá/Bhí sé an-bhlasta. It is/was very tasty.
If you want to literally say you're enjoying it. You could say it like you just did or:
Tá mé ag baint an-taitneamh (or sásamh) as an mbeatha/mbéile seo.


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2021 3:27 am 
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Bríd Mhór wrote:
Vitaee wrote:
Suppose I am eating in an Irish restaurant, and the waitress/hostess/manager comes up to my t able and asks how I like my meal.
I answer as follows:

Táim ag báint taitneamh as an bia seo.

Which, I believe, means "I am enjoying this food".
But how would I say I am REALLY enjoying this food?
Would that be:

Táim ag baint taitneamh an-mhór as an bia seo.

And are there better/alternate ways of saying this?


Like Franc said you could say: Tá/Bhí sé an-bhlasta. It is/was very tasty.
If you want to literally say you're enjoying it. You could say it like you just did or:
Tá mé ag baint an-taitneamh (or sásamh) as an mbeatha/mbéile seo.


First, it should be ag baint taitnimh as an mbia

Note the genitive sing. following the verbal noun (unless ag baint taitneamh as, i.e. with the genitive suspended, is an acceptable formulation now?). But it should definitely be as an mbia or as an bhia because the dative / acc. is required following the preposition as / a + def. article.

Second, Bríd, would it not be really odd for someone to say 'táim ag baint taitnimh as an mbia' for 'the food tastes nice' (which is presumably what Vitae means), which is probably what prompted Franc to suggest blasta in the first instance.

If someone said that line to me, my first reaction would be to think that this was a rather odd statement; then think, he might mean that he finds the way the food is arranged on the plate / is made to look like something else enjoyable. Its only when I think about the concept in English do I get the idea that the OP means 'it tastes nice'.

Cian

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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2021 1:50 pm 
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Here's another suggestion - bainimse sult as mo chuid - would that work here ?


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Mar 2021 4:07 pm 
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An Cionnfhaolach wrote:
Bríd Mhór wrote:
Vitaee wrote:
Suppose I am eating in an Irish restaurant, and the waitress/hostess/manager comes up to my t able and asks how I like my meal.
I answer as follows:

Táim ag báint taitneamh as an bia seo.

Which, I believe, means "I am enjoying this food".
But how would I say I am REALLY enjoying this food?
Would that be:

Táim ag baint taitneamh an-mhór as an bia seo.

And are there better/alternate ways of saying this?


Like Franc said you could say: Tá/Bhí sé an-bhlasta. It is/was very tasty.
If you want to literally say you're enjoying it. You could say it like you just did or:
Tá mé ag baint an-taitneamh (or sásamh) as an mbeatha/mbéile seo.


First, it should be ag baint taitnimh as an mbia

Note the genitive sing. following the verbal noun (unless ag baint taitneamh as, i.e. with the genitive suspended, is an acceptable formulation now?). But it should definitely be as an mbia or as an bhia because the dative / acc. is required following the preposition as / a + def. article.

Second, Bríd, would it not be really odd for someone to say 'táim ag baint taitnimh as an mbia' for 'the food tastes nice' (which is presumably what Vitae means), which is probably what prompted Franc to suggest blasta in the first instance.

If someone said that line to me, my first reaction would be to think that this was a rather odd statement; then think, he might mean that he finds the way the food is arranged on the plate / is made to look like something else enjoyable. Its only when I think about the concept in English do I get the idea that the OP means 'it tastes nice'.

Cian



True. :good:
I was just giving the literal meaning too.


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