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Sublime links here, as its prefix is "Sub", however it makes no sense. Take a look:

From sublime page:

  • Latin sub- ('up to' or 'upwards')

From Sub- page:

  • sub-
    • "under, beneath" (examples: subterranean, submarine)
    • "subsidiary, secondary" (example: subplot)
    • "almost, nearly" (example: subhuman)

Can someone please explain. 15:31, 13 January 2007 (UTC)... Just got an account: SadanYagci 15:32, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

from wikipediaEdit

The English prefix sub- first appeared in the Middle English period and seems to have been borrowed directly from LatinTemplate:Fact, although it previously existed in words borrowed from Old French. In Latin it was both a prefix and a preposition. Meanings found in English include:


Its sandhi variant forms are:

Usage notesEdit

I see an issue with the "usage notes" section: The two different classes "sub + sp" and "sub + s" are listed, while both classes' examples seem to belong to the first class: suspect and suspire. I've tried to come up with an example of the second class and found "subside", which suggests that "sub + s" doesn't cause any change of the prefix. However, I don't know whether (a) this is a "legimitate" example and (b) the contraction is a necessity or just an option (i.e. there are words where the letter is assimilated, while for others this is not the case).

Since I'm a layperson, I will not make any changes to the article, but I wanted to bring it up. --Bfx 12:29, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

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