"I live in the country."
Translation:Dw i'n byw yn y cefn gwlad.
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Why is that?
The notes say that it's "yr" before vowels, including "w".
Is the choice of "yr" vs. "y" sensitive to consonantal vs. vocalic "w" and this is a consonantal one?
Yeah, I think so, but it's not something I've studied. Google seems to back me up, but I'll see if I can find something in a grammar book.
I also would expect y wlad. The w is definitely a consonant - like in the first line of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau, where (g)wlad has just one syllable.
/gwl/ and /gwr/ (and their mutations) are possible consonant combinations in Welsh - it's actually the vowel pronunciation of w that's unusual in this context.
Sometimes an acute accent gets used to indicate it's a vowel - like gẃraidd ("manly", two syllables) versus gwraidd ("root", one syllable): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_orthography#Diacritics
The option I chose from the multiple choice answers was "Dw i'n byw yn y cefn gwlad". If "y" causes a soft mutation when saying "Dw i'n byw yn y wlad", why is the chosen sentence not "Dw i'n byw yn y gefn gwlad"?