I have recently bought a copy of @garethrking’s latest book, Working Welsh, and have been poring over it. It has already illuminated SO many little things that have been confusing me for ages, so thank you for that!
However, right at the start, it has thrown up a new puzzle that I haven’t been able to resolve. Several of his examples use " ŷn" (yn with a to bach over the y, in case that doesn’t reproduce properly), in a way that seems to be a form of continuous present:
- ŷn angen rhywun (We need (we are needing) someone)
- ŷn ni bwriadu (we are planning)
- ŷn ni byth yn eu gweld nhw (we never see (we are never seeing) them)
I don’t think I have ever come across this construction before, and I can’t find any explanation in any of my other grammar books (including Gareth’s Modern Welsh and Modern Welsh Dictionary).
Can anyone help me out here? Is it just “Dyn ni” with the d dropped and the y lengthened - maybe a regional thing? If not, when would one use this construction, and what are the equivalents for fi, ti, fo, chi, nhw… ?