Foreign-language adverbs.

October 21, 2010 Comments Off on Foreign-language adverbs.

In every Romance language I’ve learned or learned about, adverbs are formed by taking the feminine form of an adjective and adding -ment or -mente to the end. Today my amazing Italian teacher pointed out that “ment-” is the Latin root for “mind,” so something like “claramente” would mean “clear-minded” or “clear-intentioned.” That’s already interesting enough, but THEN she said that “ment-” is feminine in Latin and THAT is why you use the feminine form! Amazing!! Huzzah for nerdy professors!

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