"Rhaid i chi beidio ag yfed."

Translation:You must not drink.

February 8, 2016



I am still not clear why 'rhaid i' etc is you must... but 'does dim rhaid i' is not you must not - apologies if the sentence wrong but basically not sure why its must in the positive statement but only have not to / need not to in negative and not must without the additional word I can't see on my phone now

October 17, 2016


Rhaid i means have to AND must, it's the same in english to, you are for example ordered to do something in both ways. But you must not means you are for example ordered not to do something and you don't have to means it's neither ordered nor forbidden, you can do what you want.

June 6, 2019


what is the ag for?

February 8, 2016


Peidio is always followed by an â and when â comes before a vowel then it becomes "ag" (an a without a curcumflex becomes ac)

February 8, 2016


I think its because its "have to" and "dont have to", not "must" and "must not". The first of those pairs are equivalent but the seconds are not.

November 7, 2016


Would 'you don't have to drink' be a correct translation?

December 25, 2016


"Beidio" means "to refrain" (I think!?) So it's not quite the same as saying "you don't have to"

May 11, 2017


Yes you're correct. "You don't have to drink" is "Does dim rhaid i chi yfed".

May 11, 2017


It's the difference between "you don't have to drink" and "you have to not drink". The way i remember is by linking beidio to forbidden in my head so when i see beidio i think of the action as being forbidden, i.e. "you must not drink".

Also, because the examples in Duo Lingo use drink as the action a lot, I also get poison in my head because it would be important to get it right in that scenario.

May 22, 2017


What would 'You should not drink' be please? I thought it might also be accepted but no.

February 26, 2019


That needs a conditional 'you [should/ought to]:

  • Dylech chi beidio ag yfed. - You should [not drink/stop drinking].
  • Ddylech chi ddim yfed. - You should not drink.

That is covered later in the course.

February 26, 2019


I will look forward to that. Thanks.

February 27, 2019
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