"What time does she want dinner?"

Translation:Am faint o'r gloch mae hi eisiau cinio?

January 8, 2017



Why would you use mae here and not ydy? Is ydy only used in yes/no-questions?

January 8, 2017


It depends on what the question is about.

Questions about how, when, where, why, how often, how quickly, etc, or which start with a preposition or an adverb are generally followed by mae - sut (how), pryd, ble/lle, pam, pa mor aml, pa mor gylfym, am beth, i bwy, gyda phwy, etc.

Am faint o'r gloch...? is asking when, so it is followed by mae.

Other examples:

  • Sut mae Dewi heddiw? - How is Dewi today?
  • Pa mor aml mae e'n dod yma? - How often does he come here?
  • Ble mae e'n eistedd? - Where does he sit?
  • Gyda phwy mae e'n eistedd? - With whom does he sit?
  • Â phwy mae e'n siarad? - Who is he speaking to? (With whom is he speaking?)
  • I bwy mae'r anrheg? - Who is the present for? (For whom is the present?)
January 8, 2017


Diolch yn fawr!

January 8, 2017


The way one of my Welsh teachers explained it to me is that 'ydy' is used with a pronoun (pwy, peth) but 'mae' is used with other question words (ble, pryd, pam, sut, etc) since they're adverbs or, in the case of, 'am faint o'r gloch', a prepositional phrase.

February 17, 2018


What does moyn mean?!

November 18, 2017


moyn is "to want" or "wanting". Used especially in the south.

It's a normal verbnoun so it takes yn after dw i (etc.), unlike eisiau which does not.

So you could have dw i'n moyn mynd for "I want to go" or dw i eisiau mynd. (But not dw i'n eisiau mynd.)

November 18, 2017


Is there a common version that also begins with "beth amser"?

April 4, 2019


No. You could use something like that if you wanted to know, say, how fast someone had run a race:

  • Beth oedd ei hamser? 30 eiliad - araf iawn! - What was her time? 30 seconds - very slow!
April 4, 2019
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