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EtymologyEdit

From medr (ability, skill) +‎ -u.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

medru (first-person singular present medraf) (North Wales)

  1. to be able to, can
  2. to know how to, know, be familiar with
    • 1993, Gareth King, Modern Welsh: A Comprehensive Grammar, London: Routledge, →ISBN, p. 202:
      Mae’r ddynes ’na’n medru Cymraeg yn iawn.
      That woman knows Welsh well.

Usage notesEdit

  • In the colloquial language, the preterite of this verb is almost never used; the past tense is rendered by means of the periphrastic imperfect, e.g. oedd o’n medru (he could, he was able to).
  • In the colloquial language, the future tense of this verb has a present-tense meaning as well, so medra i means both ‘I can’ and ‘I will be able to’.

ConjugationEdit

SynonymsEdit

AntonymsEdit

  • ffili (fail, be unable, cannot)
  • methu (fail, be unable, cannot)

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
medru fedru unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.