The following grid shows how the soft mutation works.
|Original letter||Mutated letter|
Some little words use this mutation and there is always a soft mutation after the word for two – dau and the feminine form dwy. The aspirate mutation is used in relation to time and it is used with Hoffwn i..., Dylwn i... and Gallwn i....
This mutation is very commonly used when adjectives follow yn, eg:
When an adjective follows a feminine singular noun, eg:
When you use the word Pa? – Which?/What?, you should mutate the word that follows, eg:
All forms of gan cause a soft mutation, eg:
You probably know of other places where the soft mutation occurs. Try to use the soft mutation when you speak and write but don’t be put off if you can’t remember whether something mutates or not. Speak as confidently as possible even if you’re not sure whether you should mutate or not!