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An bhfuil nuacht ar bith agat?/Do you have any news?

Learners will learn how to ask about news and describe news that they have.
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In this step we will learn how to ask about and describe any nuacht /news we have.

Let us begin with the title of this step.

An bhfuil nuacht ar bith agat? Do you have any news?

We can change the form we use with ag to enquire whether someone else has any news.

An bhfuil nuacht ar bith ag Síle? Does Síle have any news?
An bhfuil nuacht ar bith acu? Do they have any news?
An bhfuil nuacht ar bith ag do dheartháir? Does your brother have any news?

We can answer this question in many different ways, depending on the news we would like to share. Take a look at some of the sample sentences below which describe some common occasions and occurrences that people may be excited to share.

Rugadh leanbh do m’iníon aréir. Is seanathair mé anois. My daughter had a baby last night. I’m a grandfather now.
D’éirigh liom sa scrúdú tiomána an tseachtain seo caite. I passed the driving test last week.
Bhuaigh mé an crannchur náisiúnta. I won the national lotto.
Phós mo dheartháir agus a chailín an mhí seo caite. My brother and his girlfriend got married last month.
Chaill Micheál a phost le gairid. Micheál recently lost his job.
Theip orm sa scrúdú. I failed the exam.
Thit tinneas ar m’aintín, faraor. My aunt became ill, unfortunately.
Fuair col ceathrair liom bás i Meiriceá. My cousin died in America.

As you can see, the phrases above cover both dea-nuacht /good news and drochnuacht/bad news. They also make use of verbs in An Aimsir Chaite /The Past Tense. We have provided a PDF at the bottom of this step which looks at the rules regarding An Aimsir Chaite in more detail.

Share with us in the comments below a piece of news that you are excited about.

We encourage you to use the sentences above to help you construct your own sentences. Be sure to use teanglann.ie and foclóir.ie to help you discover new vocabulary and consider recording yourself speaking Irish using SpeakPipe .

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