One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of a Latin verb, ending in -ndus (declinable) and functioning as an adjective meaning ‘that should or must be done’.
- ‘They were copies of ‘Anglice Reddenda’, a very nice example of a gerundive: ‘Things to be translated into English’.’
- ‘I said all of the above emphasised with many gerundives of the vernacular terms for pundendum.’
- ‘The Turkish sentence has an economy of words and an elegance which are due to the language being agglutinative, using participles, gerundives, and gerunds.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘gerund’): from late Latin gerundivus (modus) ‘gerundive (mood)’, from gerundium (see gerund).
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