Zirp
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Zirp asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 3 weeks ago

Do celtic languages have a verb for the passive variety of wishing something to someone?

Like in Dutch and German you can say that you ????? something to someone, meaning you won't mind if (s)he gets it but you aren't going out of your way to make him/her get it either. Is there such a verb in Gaeilge, Gaelic, Welsh or Breton? If so, which verb is it?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Are you talking about a construction like "may the road rise up to meet you"?

    • Zirp
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      No, that would be wishing (active)

  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    I'm not too sure what you mean. Is there an approximation in English to give me an idea?

    Welsh is my first language.

    What are the German and Dutch words for it?

    • Lôn
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      3 weeks agoReport

      Sorry....gunnen comes up as 'award' and gönnen comes up as 'grant'. I can't think of a Welsh word that means what you described.

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