"Have you gone to work?"

Translation:Dych chi wedi mynd i'r gwaith?

March 16, 2016

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Can anyone tell me why it is 'gwaith' and not 'gweithio'? Or am I just mixing the terms up? I thought gweithio meant work


Gwaith - work (the noun):

  • Mae'r gwaith yn anodd iawn - The work is very difficult

Gweithio - working/to work (the verb-noun):

  • Dw i'n gweithio yn y dafarn heno - I'm working in the pub this evening


Could you translate "You have gone to work" (in the sense not of "You have gone to your workplace" but "You have gone, in order to work") as Rwyt ti wedi mynd i weithio. ?


Well, you could, but you would perhaps be more likely to phrase that as "I've gone there to work" - Dw i wedi mynd yno i weithio - or similar.

It is a common problem in something like Duolingo where the phrases appear with no conversational context. In the wild, there will very probably be a conversation of some sort going on which puts a phrase in context, so the potential ambiguities are far fewer.


Is the 'r short for anything. When you listen it seems like it is.


She's saying collnod er, "apostrophe R".


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Yes; it's one of the form of the word for "the" -- so the sentence is literally something like "are you after going to the work?".

The Welsh for "the" can look like yr or like y or like 'r depending on what comes before and after it. Here it's 'r because there's a vowel before it.


> so the sentence is literally something like "are you after going to the work?"

That's just made something click in my head - Irish people use this form of 'are you after' in English, so now I understand better :-)

Guess it's the common Celtic roots.


See the Hints and Tips for the section on 'The' for an explanation of when to use which form of 'the' in Welsh, 'r, yr, or y.

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