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y-

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English

Etymology

From Old English ġe-, from unstressed Germanic prefix *ga-. Cognate with Old Saxon gi-, Dutch ge-, Old High German ga- (German ge-), Old Norse g-, Gothic 𐌲𐌰- (ga-).

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Pronunciation

Prefix

y-

  1. (obsolete) Used with past participle conjugations to form past participles (this prefix does not occur independently).

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Usage notes

  • This prefix represents a common Germanic perfective prefix which was used to form past participles. Already by the Old English period such participles could be used with or without it, and as it passed into Middle English forms y-, i-, and ȝe-, it became less productive. The prefix was later adopted as a conscious archaism by some writers such as Edumund Spencer, who appended it to existing past participles.

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