"Ar bwys"


March 2, 2016

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What does yn ymyl mean


'Near' as well. ger is a common alternative, too, and there are several others.


ymyl can also mean 'edge'


Whilst respecting DL's decision to adhere to "normal" usages, these may be less confusing:

Yn ymyl y dre = on the edge of the town Yn agos i'r dre= near the town Ger y dre = near the town ( more Northern perhaps) Wrth y dre = by the town ( not sure I would use wrth with dre. I think wrth feels more comfortable with small things). Ar bwys y dre = beside the town.

As Ibisc says there are regional variations as well as nuances possible but to restrict all these words in Welsh to a single English meaning does the language something of a disservice in Cymraeg i Oedolion despite its rational seeking of simplicity Surely all these words /phrases did not evolve to have a single simple meaning.


Should 'by' be accepted here too?


'near' is the usual translation of ar bwys.

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