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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From éponge +‎ -er

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

éponger

  1. to sponge (clean with a sponge)
  2. to absorb

ConjugationEdit

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written éponge- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.


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