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BBC - Catchphrase - Ysbyty Brynaber - Week26


Week 26 - Main grammatical points

First, some more grammar:

Noun Clauses

We have already come across clauses in the present and past tenses which follow verbs like 'meddwl', for example:

Dw i'n meddwl ei fod e'n mynd
I think that he's going

Dw i'n meddwl ei fod e wedi gorffen
I think that he has finished
Arwyn asks:
Wyt ti'n meddwl y bydd hi'n iawn? - Do you think that she will be alright?

The clause is in the future tense therefore it's introduced by 'y'. This 'y' is hardly heard in everyday speech.

Dw i'n meddwl y bydd hi'n bwrw glaw yfory or Dw i'n meddwl bydd hi'n bwrw glaw yfory -
I think it will be raining tomorrow.

Mae en meddwl y bydd hi'n cyrraedd am dri o'r gloch or Mae hi'n meddwl bydd hi'n cyrraedd am dri o'r gloch.

Aspirate Mutations

Agnes is surprised when she hears that Arwyn is complaining about Alwena, the girl employed to look after his mother. Agnes insists:

'Chewch chi neb gwell na Alwena' - You wont get anyone better than Alwena

Because this is a negative statement, there is a treiglad llaes - aspirate mutation - at the beginning:

Cewch chi rywun gwell - You will get somebody better
Chewch chi neb gwell - You wont get anyone better

The other two letters that take the aspirate mutation are P which changes to Ph, and T which changes to Th.

Phryna i ddim - I won't buy
Thala i ddim - I won't pay

Blynedd

Arwyn and Jenny have been married for 12 years - deuddeg mlynedd. One year is blwyddyn or un flwyddyn, but we use blynedd afer every other number. Remember that blynedd mutates after some numbers:

Un flwyddyn
Dwy flynedd
Tair blynedd
Pedair blynedd
Pum mlynedd
Chwe blynedd
Saith mlynedd
Wyth mlynedd
Naw mlynedd
Deng mlynedd
Un flynedd ar ddeg
Deuddeg mlynedd
Pymtheg mlynedd
Ugain mlynedd
Can mlynedd

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