Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Does English is from the Latin language ?

What about the Englisn prefixes?

2 Answers

  • Dave
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    First Q: English is originally one of the West Germanic languages. Many Latin-based words came later on. So it is a 'convoluted' modern language because there are various 'layers' to English because of its history and the ease with which it picks up new influences from many, many languages. (Many reasons for why this happened this way to English...)  Next Q : Most of the English prefixes nowadays are more likely to be from Latin, rather than Germanic prefixes.  (But that doesn't mean that the West Germanic prefixes don't exist - they do. They are just less numerous than the Latin-based ones.) 'withstand'. 'withhold'. 'gainsay'. 'uphold'. 'oversee'.  'underwrite'. 'sideswipe'.  << you can look those up as to their meanings somewhere else.  

    Next Q -- which you need help with -- this question : When you ask a question in English, you do very often need a 'helping verb' do (some form of 'do', past or present, singular or plural) and then the next 'main verb' follows later. But that is not true for asking a question with some form of the verb 'to be'. It is just the form of 'be' that you need; no form of 'do' is needed for you to have to include it when the main verb in your question is some form of 'be'.  So your question is MORE correct as "Is English from the Latin language?"  So don't use the 'do' helper when you use a 'be' form. Just use the right 'be' form (singular or plural, present or past) to ask the question. 

    Source(s): native AmE
  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    originally English is just as westgermanic as Dutch, German and Frisian, but in the wake of 1066 the English upper classes switched to normandy-French.

    That's why the vocabulary of present-day English is so err.... convoluted

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