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"Dw i wedi mynd ma's."

Translation:I have gone out.

January 27, 2016



What is the difference between Dw i wedi mynd ma's and Dw i wedi mynd allan?


No difference in meaning...it's dialect/regional thing. "Mas" is used more in the south, whereas "allan" is more common in the north.

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    I understand allan and mas. I don't understand mas with an apostrophe -- "ma's". Duo started using the word mas, then switched to ma's without offering an explanation. And ma's doesn't seem to be in the dictionary.


    Ma's is an older spelling of mas. They mean exactly the same thing - "out". You'll see both spellings used in the wild. I'm not sure which one Duolingo prefers.

    The reason for the version with the apostrophe is that the word comes from i maes, literally "to (the) field/open country" i.e. "to the outside". In the south, ae in a single syllable word is often pronounced as a long a colloquially and this is how everyone pronounces it in this word now, hence the spellings ma's/mas.

    The most common word for "field" today is cae but maes is still used sometimes. It refers especially to a patch of ground for a specific purpose e.g.

    maes glo "coalfield"

    maes y gad "battlefield"

    maes chwarae "playground"

    maes parcio "car park"

    maes awyr "airport"

    It's also used for more abstract "fields" e.g. a field of study or a field in a spreadsheet.


    Oh god, I don't want to switch from allan!


    Allan is the standard word, so you'll see it written in public places in the south too, such as road markings and signs like Ffordd allan "way out".

    There are many different words used between the north and south but one is usually the preferred "standard".


    Here are a few others, with the standard word in italics

    allan (N) mas (S) out

    bwrdd (N) bord (S) table

    dallt (N) deall (S) understand

    efo (N) gyda (S) with


    Is there a preference for 'mas' or 'allan' when asking someone to 'get out'?


    For "(to) get out" in Welsh, you'd use mynd mas or mynd allan, literally "(to) go out".

    It just so happens that both the command form for mynd "(to) go" and the word for "out" vary according to where someone comes from, which is especially true when someone is speaking informally, which will probably be the case when they're telling you "Get out".

    So southerner might say Cer mas (for ti) or Cerwch/Ewch mas (for chi) whereas a northerner would prefer Dos allan (for ti) and Ewch allan (for chi).


    Is there a Welsh word for "went?" The English version (for American English) should be "I went out."


    Two different tenses in both Welsh and English:

    • Es i - I went (simple past, or preterite) (covered later in this course)
    • Dw i wedi mynd - I have gone (present perfect)
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