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Posted: 27 May 2018 09:00 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Some English words of Latin origin derive from the passive participles of Latin verbs. Others come to us from the Latin infinitives, esp via French.

So we get weird pairs of cousins like the following.

direct, dirigible.
correct, incorrigible
neglect, negligible
intellect, intelligible
elect, eligible
transect, intransigent

refract, refringent
impact, impinge
contact, contingent

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Posted: 28 May 2018 03:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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OP Tipping - 27 May 2018 09:00 PM

Some English words of Latin origin derive from the passive participles of Latin verbs. Others come to us from the Latin infinitives, esp via French.

Don’t you mean past?

I remember that the passive has its own verb forms in Latin but I don’t think it had its own participles...?

Back to the topic, these types of verbs still cause me conjugation concerns in French these days, interesting to see a list of them in English form, thanks!

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