Do you like to travel (An maith leat taisteal)? An maith leat? literally asks the question ‘Is good with you?’ but we translate that question to English as ‘Do you like?’. The particle ‘An‘ at the beginning indicates that you are about to ask a question which has a yes or no answer. Maith means ‘Good’ in Irish. Leat means ‘with you’. It is important to note that Leat is called a prepositional pronoun and it combines the preposition le (with, to, for) with the pronoun tú (you). When we have a question or phrase like this in Irish, we can change the meaning of the question or phrase by changing the prepositional pronoun. For example, leis means ‘with him’ and comes from the combination of le (with, to, for) with the pronoun sé (he, him). Therefore, An maith leis taisteal? asks ‘Is good with him travel?’ or ‘Does he like to travel?’.
Here are all of the prepositional pronouns associated with the pronoun le: liom (with me), leat (with you), leis (with him), léi (with her), linn (with us), libh (with you all), leo (with them) – We can also just use the preposition with a person’s name or a reference to a person as follows: An maith le Seán taisteal? An maith le hÁine taisteal? An maith le Nóra taisteal? An maith le do mhac (your son) taisteal? An maith le do chara (your friend) taisteal?
Can you create new sentences and type them in the comments? Answering this particular yes/no question is as simple as saying Is maith (Is good) or Ní maith (Is not good). It is not necessary to repeat the prepositional pronoun in the answer if you understand from the question who is being talked about. If someone asked me, An maith leat taisteal? my answer would be ‘Is maith!‘
An maith leat taisteal?