Last modified on 16 September 2014, at 01:13


See also: ons



From Middle French, from Old French -omes, -umes (first-person plural present indicative ending), of obscure and disputed origin. Possibly derived from the Frankish termination *-ōmēs, *-umēs (first-person plural present indicative ending)[1], from Proto-Germanic *-ōmaz, *-amaz, related to Old High German -ōmēs, -umēs, Old Norse -um, Gothic -𐌿𐌼 (-um), -𐌰𐌼 (-am). Compare Occitan èm, -am, -im, -em, Latin -āmus, -ēmus, -imus, īmus.



  1. A suffix denoting the first-person plural present indicative form of a verb


  1. ^ Pope, From Latin to modern French, with especial consideration of Anglo-Norman, p16.