byth

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly[1] borrowed from Old Irish bith,[2] in which case doublet of byd.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

byth m (plural bythoedd)

  1. eternity

Derived terms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

byth

  1. never
  2. ever

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the sense ever, never, erioed is used with completed tenses in the past (present perfect, simple past, pluperfect), while byth is used with other tenses (present, future, imperfect, conditional).

Mutation[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “byth”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies
  2. ^ Morris Jones, John (1913) A Welsh Grammar, Historical and Comparative, Oxford: Clarendon Press, § 220 iii (5).