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Welsh: "Mae hi wedi bod yn bwrw glaw yn ddi-stop am dri diwrnod."

Translation: "It has been raining non-stop for three days."

I suspected that the "stop" here wasn't a native Welsh word and plugging it into Google Translate gave me "di-baid" as the word for non-stop (I guess it literally means "ceaseless").

Should it say "...yn ddi-baid am dri..." instead of "ddi-stop"? Has the word "stop" been absorbed into Welsh? Is there a better way to say this sentence?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EllisVaughan
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"Stop" is definitely a word which has been absorbed into Welsh by this point (especially in verb form i.e "Stopio"). I personally would use "Di-baid" in this case and "Di-stop" definitely sounds weird. Could you tell me which website, so I have an idea of the register being used?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Cymraeg from English course on Clozemaster. I think they draw a lot from another site called Tatoeba.

https://www.clozemaster.com/languages/learn-welsh-from-english

https://tatoeba.org/eng/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ibisc
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Some of the clozemaster sentences are a bit odd - a mixture of registers and dialects. The tatoeba members who speak Welsh to a good level are very few indeed. Google's Welsh is not very reliable at all, either.

Perhaps not the best sources of good translations!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EllisVaughan
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Hmm I'd certainly say that it isn't "refined" Welsh. I'm sure "di-stop" is something you'd come across people saying in everyday life, but you wouldn't get away with it in an exam.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raizel

Some quick googling shows that "di-stop" and "ddi-stop" are used on about half as many pages as "di-baid" and "ddi-baid".

1 year ago
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