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"Yes, you must go."

Translation:Oes, mae rhaid i chi fynd.

July 2, 2016



Why is 'mae' necessary here?


I'm not sure, I also thought "Oes, Rhaid i ti fynd" would be ok but I see now that it could be confuesed with "Oes rhaid i ti fynd?". Maybe use Mae in this case to distinguish between this and the question form.


This one gets me every time. Why is "mae" needed here, but not elsewhere


how is this a question?


I came to ask the same question. Someone must know the answer!

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It's a question of clarity.

The question 'do you have to go?' = oes, rhaid i ti/chi fynd?

The normal statement 'you have to go' would be 'mae/mae'n rhaid i ti/chi fynd.'

(this is literally:- 'it is necessary/there is a necessity for you to go). In normal speech the statement is contracted and drops the 'mae/mae'n'*

(*The standard is 'mae' but some dialects use 'mae'n)

When you have the answer to the question:- 'Yes, you have to go' if you don't put 'mae' in then the form is exactly as the question.

Oes, mae/mae'n rhaid i chi fynd = yes, you have to go.

OK, it could be argued that 'Oes' followed by a comma is enough of a difference.

Thus 'Oes rhaid i chi fynd?

Oes,<pause> rhaid i chi fynd!

So I will add it as an alternative.

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