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gérondif

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French

Etymology

Latin gerundivum, from gerere (to do).

Pronunciation

  • (Fr.) IPA: /ʒe.ʁɔ̃.dif/, SAMPA: /ZeRO~dif/
  • (Qc.) IPA: /ʒe.ʁɔ̃.dɪf/, /ʒe.ʁɔ̃.dif/, SAMPA: /ZeRO~dIf/, /ZeRO~dif/

Noun

gérondif (plural gérondifs)

  1. A syntactical construction of French composed of the present participle preceded with the preposition en, used to express simultaneity or manner; an adverbial participle.
  2. A Latin gerundive, a verbal adjective expressing necessity.
  3. An English gerund.

Adjective

gérondif m. (f. gérondive, m. plural gérondifs, f. plural gérondives)

  1. Of or pertaining to the gérondif.

Usage notes

  • Although gerund is often translated in French by gérondif, the gérondif is not an actual conjugated form, and serves different syntactical uses. Calling the gérondif a gerund may create confusion.

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