One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a verb or verbal form) expressing frequent repetition or intensity of action.
- ‘Both come from Latin ‘apto’, the frequentative form of ‘apo’, meaning ‘to fit, adapt, accommodate, apply, put on, adjust, etc.’’
- ‘In Latin, frequentative verb forms came to replace the simple verbs, so the frequentative suffix may often be ignored.’
- ‘One forms or recognizes a frequentative verb by adding an ‘o’ to the fourth principal part.’
- ‘The prefix 'en' gives a frequentative aspect to the verb following it: the action repeats slowly.’
- ‘Complete reduplication gives a verb frequentative force with, sometimes, diminished intensity.’
A frequentative verb or verbal form (for example chatter in English).
Mid 16th century: from French fréquentatif, -ive or Latin frequentativus, from frequens, frequent- ‘crowded, frequent’.
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