Ysgrifennu - To Write
In the sample sentence above on this page you will observe that the spellings of two words ( geiriau , luniau ) differ from the spelling on the relevant Geiriadur listing page Geiriau - Words , Lluniau - Pictures . 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 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?
PRESENT TENSE - AFFIRMATIVE
Dwi'n ysgrifennu - I am writing
Wyt ti'n ysgrifennu - You are writing (familiar)
Mae e'n ysgrifennu / Mae hi'n ysgrifennu - He / She is writing
Dyn ni'n ysgrifennu - We are writing
Dych chi'n ysgrifennu - You (plural) are writing (also singular formal)
Maen nhw'n ysgrifennu - They are writing
PRESENT TENSE - NEGATIVE
Dwi ddim yn ysgrifennu - I am not writing
Dwyt ti ddim yn ysgrifennu - You are not writing (familiar)
Dydy e ddim yn ysgrifennu / Dydy hi ddim yn ysgrifennu - He / She is not writing
Dyn ni ddim yn ysgrifennu - We are not writing
Dych chi ddim yn ysgrifennu - You (plural) are not writing (also singular formal)
Dyn nhw ddim yn ysgrifennu - They are not writing
PRESENT TENSE - INTERROGATIVE
Ydw i'n ysgrifennu? - Am I writing?
Wyt ti'n ysgrifennu? - Are you writing? (familiar)
Ydy e'n ysgrifennu / Ydy hi'n ysgrifennu? - Is he / Is she writing?
Ydyn ni'n ysgrifennu? - Are we writing?
Ydych chi'n ysgrifennu? - Are you (plural) writing? (also singular formal)
Ydyn nhw'n ysgrifennu? - Are they writing?
QUESTION - ’NO / YES’ REPLIES
Ydw i'n ysgrifennu? - (Nac) Wyt / (Ydych - formal)
Wyt ti'n ysgrifennu? - (Nac) Ydw
Ydy e'n ysgrifennu / Ydy hi'n ysgrifennu? - (Nac) Ydy
Ydyn ni'n ysgrifennu? - (Nac) Ydyn / Ydych
Ydych chi'n ysgrifennu? - (Nac) Ydyn / (Ydw - formal)
Ydyn nhw'n ysgrifennu? - (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.