"Are you going skating today?"
Translation:Dych chi'n mynd i sglefrio heddiw?
What is the use of the "i" before sglefrio? I thought it meant a physical movement toward a place?
i can be used to mean movement towards, as can other prepositions in certain patterns. i also has a number of other uses and meanings.
In this particular pattern, mynd is always coupled with i if it has the meaning of going (in order) to do something. For example, If I was going to Aber (in order) to go skating, i would be used twice:
- Dw i'n mynd i Aber i sglefrio
Many verbs are coupled with particular prepositions in order to convey particular meanings:
- edrych ar - looking at
- edrych am - looking for
- mynd â - taking
- mynd at (rywun) - to go to (someone)
- mynd i (rywle) - to go to (somewhere)
- mynd i (wneud rhywbeth) - to go (to do something)
- dod â - bringing
- chwerthin ar ben (rhywun) - laughing at (someone)
- ymweld â (rhywun/rhywle) - visiting (someone/somewhere)