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Re: "Strong Verb/Ablauted Verb" Society?

From:Sanghyeon Seo <sanxiyn@...>
Date:Friday, February 18, 2005, 5:37
Mark J. Reed wrote:
> I particularly like the three sets of suggestions for "behave": > > 1. behave/behove/behiven > 2. behave/behad/behad > 3. behave/washave/beenhave > > Etymologically, is "behave" derived from either "be" or "have"?
Yes, it has same root as "have", coming from Old English "behabban". "be-" is a prefix unrelated to "be", without clear meaning. So #2 seems to be the most correct. "behabban"/"behaeft" > "behave"/"behad". Another example of "be-" prefix is "belong", related to verb "long" as in "longing".