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Re: OT: multiroot verbs, was: sorta OT: cases: please help...

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2001, 13:57
Lars Henril Mathiesen wrote:
> > Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 02:38:28 EST > > From: Elliott Lash <AL260@...> > > > > And while where at it...where did `eode' come from and why was there > > never a past tense built on `go'??? > >OE eode would be the weak preterite of a verb cognate to L eo, Gr >eimi, Skt ayam (perfect). > >Gothic had the cognate iddja in the preterite, which took weak >preterite endings despite not looking like a weak preterite; I'm not >aware of a cognate in North Germanic, but it would have been something >like eggja. > >What North Germanic does use is a strong past tense based on gangan, >e.g., Swedish gikk, (obsolete) plural gingo.
The proper spelling is "gick". You may occasionally still hear the subjunctive form "ginge", too. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at