"Ca i"

Translation:I will get

May 11, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/tachwedd

Can this also be translated as 'I may' ?

May 11, 2016

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In the sense of 'I am/will be allowed', yes, it can, but I think people tend to use the form with bod more often as it feels less formal:

  • Dw i'n cael ymdael yn gynnar heddiw, diolch byth - I can leave early today, thank heavens

The short form is certainly used very naturally for the question, though:

  • Ga i fynd i bysgota yfory? - May/Can I go fishing tomorrow?
May 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

So the "I will have" meaning is considered wrong in this unit?

August 2, 2017

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No - it is one of two preferred translations according to the database.

August 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DesertGlass

It's marked incorrect on a few of the questions. eg "Ga i win gwyn?" - "Will I have white wine?"

August 2, 2017

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Ga i...? is pretty much always 'May/Can I (have)...?'

Otherwise:

  • 'Will I have/get...?' - Wna i gael...?
  • 'Will I be getting/having...?' - Fydda i'n cael...?
August 2, 2017

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Okay, I understand. Richard responded to another comment and mentioned that "Ga i" is just translated differently from the other "future question" forms of cael. It seems like it's just a convention or something.

August 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tachwedd

Great - thanks for your explanation and examples.

May 12, 2016
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