"What is wrong with me?"

Translation:Beth sy'n bod arna i?!

April 25, 2017

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Why is "Beth sy'n bod gyda fi?" bad?

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Illness or a general state of being are considered to be 'on' someone in Welsh, and also the other Celtic languages.

Thus:- Mae annwyd arna i = I have a cold (lit:- there is a cold on me)

Mae ofn arna i = I am afraid (lit:- There is fear on me)

Mae syched arna i = I am thirsty (lit:- There is thirst on me)

Your suggestion is not a natural Welsh sentence but a literal translation from English.


I notice with some propositions we use fi but i with some others, e.g. gyda fi but arna i.

Though it's fe for both those rather than e, i.e. gyda fe and arno fe.

Is there a reason behind it or do we just have to learn which one to use with each proposition?

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