"Do't ti ddim 'na."

Translation:You were not there.

June 13, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/AnUnicorn

Seems odd that yna gets contracted even though it's not immediately proceeded by a vowel...is this just a relic of common usage?

June 13, 2016

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It's a common effect in the spoken language. In fact the beginning of this sentence is also contracted.

The full sentence is :- 'Doeddet ti ddim yna'

The contraction reduces 6 syllables to 4, which is useful in conversation.

June 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ElectricHare

As a native this sounds odd to me. I'd be more inclined to contract it to "D'ot ti'm yna" (spoken, not written)

March 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SeanWillia15

The contracting of Doeddet to Do't is very jarring to type, it is naturally spoken but shouldn't be used in writing!

May 18, 2017
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