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Newydd - New
newydd - new ( also means 'just' as in 'I just arrived home': see note below )
sample sentence: Byddwn n'in croesi 'r bont newydd heno . Bydd yr hen bont ar y dde . - We will cross the new bridge tonight. The old bridge will be on the right.
Image: Pont Hafren
'Newydd' is used before a verb to express the idea that something has recently or just happened ( see examples below).
Dwi newydd cyrraedd adre . - I just arrived home.
Dwi newydd brynu y llyfr . - I have just bought the book.
Dwi newydd ddychwelyd yma . - I have just returned here.
As you will observe in the above sentences 'newydd' causes a soft mutation when used this way.
In the sample sentence above on this page you will observe that the spelling of two words ( bont , dde ) differ from the spelling on the relevant Geiriadur listing page ( Pont - Bridge , De - Right , South ) Be not alarmed!
This happens because:-
"Welsh, as with all other Celtic languages, often sees changes made to the beginning of words depending on the word that precedes it, or the role it plays in the sentence. These changes are known as "mutations", of which Welsh has three distinct types. Common situations in which a mutation may occur are when a word follows a preposition, possessive, or number."
The three types of mutation are:-
The three links above will take you to further information about these commonly occurring mutations.
Most Welsh courses and teachers advise students not to worry too much about this at the outset. Fluent speakers will understand you if you forget to mutate a letter. With practice this will come naturally and there is perhaps, no need for beginning learners to make a conscious effort to apply these rules.
However, if you wish to acquaint yourself with the rules early on you could look out for the 'Mutant Alert' notice on the vocabulary pages and use these as an opportunity to refresh your knowledge by checking the above links.
Spot the Mutation: The mutation above is an example of a ........... mutation?