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`Yn nediwn seint yn llinghedig, yn nediwn seint yn cor'


The most common form of making a command is to add -th to the verb; Gwenith per yn turn, `Come for a walk'. The familiar form of the command drops the ending along with the final vowel; Llaes mi sulfent, `Leave me alone'.

Some imperative forms are irregular, being derived from a subjunctive tense which is no longer used in the spoken language:

Three verbs have very curt familiar forms: The replacement of a blunt imperative with ffager is considered polite: The verb calfar, to stop, cease is used to mean `don't': Gwan from gweddir, to go is used before another verb to mean `let's'. On its own it means `let's go'.

And always say: Se ddeg a'w, Please; and Greid, Thank you; and Sa es nyll, You're welcome, it's nothing. Brithenig speakers value courtesy and these little words will help to keep a learner in good standing every time he or she uses them.

'Mr' is ill maistr, 'Mrs, Miss' is lla faistres. The article is omitted when addressing someone by name. maistr and maistres are also used for sir and madam.

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