Welsh Negation

If you're trying to learn Welsh Negation you will find some useful resources including a course about Negation and negative expressions... to help you with your Welsh grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Welsh. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Welsh Negation

Learning the Welsh Negation displayed below is vital to the language. Welsh negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

Grammar Tips:

In Welsh, negation is rather complex at first sight. For example, in the Present Tense long form, ‘Rydw i’n mynd’ (I’m going) changes to ‘Dydw i ddim yn mynd’  (I’m not going). ‘Mae hi’n mynd’ (she’s going) changes to ‘Dydy hi ddim yn mynd’ (she’s not going). With the short form the first letter of the verb mutates (if it’s c,p,t,g,b,d,ll,m, or rh) and ‘ddim’ is added.For example: ‘Alla i ddim gwneud hyn’ (I can’t do this) where the original ‘G’ at the start of ‘Alla’ has been lost. The common element in all negation is the appearance of ‘ddim’ – this is essential in all cases except liteary or advanced work.


Here are some examples:

English NegationWelsh Negation
NegationNegyddu
he is not hereNid yw yma
that is not my booknad yw fy llyfr
do not enterpeidiwch â mynd i

Notice the structure of the Negation in Welsh.

List of Negation in Welsh

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Welsh placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Welsh vocabulary.

English NegationWelsh Negation
I don't speakNid wyf yn siarad
I don't writeNid wyf yn ysgrifennu
I don't driveNid wyf yn gyrru
I don't loveNid wyf yn caru
I don't giveNid wyf yn rhoi
I don't smileNid wyf yn gwenu
I don't takeNid wyf yn cymryd
he doesn't speaknad yw'n siarad
he doesn't writenid yw'n ysgrifennu
he doesn't drivenid yw'n gyrru
he doesn't lovenid yw'n gariad
he doesn't givena fydd yn rhoi
he doesn't smilenid yw'n gwên
he doesn't takenid yw'n cymryd
we don't speaknid ydym yn siarad
we don't writenid ydym yn ysgrifennu
we don't drivenid ydym yn gyrru
we don't lovenid ydym yn caru
we don't givenid ydym yn rhoi
we don't smilenid ydym yn gwenu
we don't takenid ydym yn cymryd

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