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Byw - To Live

  • byw - to live

    sample sentence:

    Roedd W.H. Davies yn ysgrifennwr enwog iawn . Roedd yn byw yng Nghasnewydd ac yn teithio 'r byd .

    W.H. Davies was a very famous writer. He lived in Newport and travelled the world.

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    mutant.jpg In the sample sentence above on this page you will observe that the spelling of one word ( Nghasnewydd ) differs from the normal spelling i.e. Casnewydd (Newport). 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:-

    Soft Mutation

    Nasal Mutation

    Aspirate Mutation

    The three links above will take you to further information on Wikipedia 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?



    Dwi'n byw - I am living

    Wyt ti'n byw - You are living (familiar)

    Mae e'n byw / Mae hi'n byw - He / She is living

    Dyn ni'n byw - We are living

    Dych chi'n byw - You (plural) are living (also singular formal)

    Maen nhw'n byw - They are living




    Dwi ddim yn byw - I am not living

    Dwyt ti ddim yn byw - You are not living (familiar)

    Dydy e ddim yn byw / Dydy hi ddim yn byw - He / She is not living

    Dyn ni ddim yn byw - We are not living

    Dych chi ddim yn byw - You (plural) are not living (also singular formal)

    Dyn nhw ddim yn byw - They are not living




    Ydw i'n byw? - Am I living?

    Wyt ti'n byw? - Are you living? (familiar)

    Ydy e'n byw / Ydy hi'n byw? - Is he / Is she living?

    Ydyn ni'n byw? - Are we living?

    Ydych chi'n byw? - Are you (plural) living? (also singular formal)

    Ydyn nhw'n byw? - Are they living?




    Ydw i'n byw? - (Nac) Wyt / (Ydych - formal)

    Wyt ti'n byw? - (Nac) Ydw

    Ydy e'n byw / Ydy hi'n byw? - (Nac) Ydy

    Ydyn ni'n byw? - (Nac) Ydyn / Ydych

    Ydych chi'n byw? - (Nac) Ydyn / (Ydw - formal)

    Ydyn nhw'n byw? - (Nac) Ydyn


    N.B. 'Wyt ti' is the familiar form of the 2nd person and should be used only when addressing close friends, family members and animals. 'Dych chi' is the polite form and should be used in all other instances.