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Re: CHAT: Shrive (was CHAT: Return of the Sal)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, March 27, 2000, 14:33
Raymond Brown wrote:

> It's interesting that you use "shrived"; the dictionaries do indeed give > the weak forms as alternatives to the strong forms. I've heard it used > and, as I said, have occasionally used it myself only in the passive with > the strong pp 'shriven'.
I think there is no weak pp of "shrive", and so the weak conjugation is semi-regular: "shrive, shrived, shriven". ObJoke: A newly minted lawyer appeared before a Philadelphia judge to be admitted to the bar. The judge looked down on the youngster and intoned "Decline _amo_". The lawyer explained with fear and trembling that _amo_ could not be declined, as it was not a noun. "Admitted!" said the judge. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)