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haïr

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French

Etymology

From Frankish *hatjan, from Germanic ( > English hate).

Pronunciation

Verb

haïr

  1. (transitive) To hate.

Usage notes

  • Unlike in most of French words beginning with a vowel or h, this verb does not elide the vowels or the h if they precede this verb, i.e. "I hate you" is je te hais, not je t'hais.

Conjugation

  • This verb is spelled as if conjugated like finir, but has a diaeresis throughout its conjugation (including where the circumflex would normally be used) except in the singular indicative present, whose forms are pronounced /ɛ/ in Standard French instead of /ai/, a pronunciation nonetheless often found in informal speech.

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