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"Dw i'n hoffi Owen."

Translation:I like Owen.

January 31, 2016



yes, i like megan and owen, but i don't like dylan or morgan.


Is dw i'n pronounced like: dween?


Yep, it should be. We often run words together in Welsh.


Is this like as in friendship, or as in a crush? Or is it like English where it can be used either way?


Exactly like in English. If you want say other things, you could use:

Dw i'n ffansïo Owen (I fancy Owen)

Dw i'n caru Owen (I love Owen)

Dw i'n priodi Owen (I'm marrying Owen)



Aha, thank you! :)


Is "yn" kinda an auxillary of the present tense?


Dw is the auxiliary. It's the present tense of the verb bod "be". It's followed by the subject i "I". To join the subject to the verbnoun hoffi "like", i.e. to make the present tense of hoffi, you need yn as the connector. Without the connecting yn the sentence makes no sense. Hope that explains it?


Also, the connector yn can appear in other tenses as well, such as Roedd Gareth yn bwyta "Gareth was eating", Byddwn ni'n canu "We will be singing".


is "yn" a word that's untranslatable on its own? As far as I can tell, "dw i eisiau" literally translates to "I want," but "dw i'n hoffi" translates to something closer to "I am liking"...or am I way off base here?


No, you're not way off base. You're right yn is basically untranslatable.

Dw i'n hoffi = "I like/am liking"

Dw i'n helpu = "I help/am helping"

Dw i'n mynd = "I go/am going"

And this is the pattern with almost all sentences. Eisiau is a weird exception though that doesn't use yn.

Dw i eisiau = "I want/am wanting"


Thanks for the clarification! That makes sense.


how are Rwy'n and dwi'n different?


In meaning they're the same, but rwy'n is usually used in more formal contexts than dw i'n.


dose anyone know whats "yn" means?


In this pattern, yn does not have an equivalent in English. It is being used to link Dw i (I am) to hoffi (liking, to like) and to mark the action as continuing or incomplete ('I like').

yn has other uses, too. See the summary here - https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/13844144

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