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Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/hwaz

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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

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Proto-GermanicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *kʷos, *kʷis.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

*hwaz

  1. (interrogative) who, what
  2. (interrogative, in genitive) whose
  3. (interrogative, in dative) whom
  4. (interrogative, in instrumental) with whom, with what, how, in what way

InflectionEdit

The feminine forms were likely already rare: they do not survive anywhere outside Gothic, and are obsolescent even there. They were used only when the person being asked about was known to be female. For a person of unknown gender, the masculine forms were used.


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