https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

Use of 'os gweli di'n dda' or 'os gwelwch chi'n dda'

When would you use the above two phrases to say please? When a single word (plîs) is available?

What is the literal meaning of the two phrases?

February 26, 2016

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ieuan-Jones

There's also Os gwelwch yn dda, which is what we're taught to use in school in the south. Plîs is a bit of an anglicism I guess, and whilst I've never spoken Welsh to Welsh speakers (well, outside of facebook messenger/texts or whatever), when I hear "please" being used at the train station or wherever, it's of the os gwelwch variety.

February 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

Thanks, that's very helpful

February 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bonanzajellydog

I'm a bit confused about which of them is "correct" - I had always thought it was os gwelwch yn dda, but in a lot of places (including here) I see the os gwelwch chi'n dda construction instead. Is gwelwch the imperative, in which case the pronoun is optional? Which is used more commonly in speech?

March 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

The literal translation is something like "if you see well" or "if you see fit".

February 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrismoorew

'ti' is informal and singular for you, 'chi' is formal or plural.

May 18, 2019
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