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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin abstrahere, present active infinitive of abstrahō (draw away from).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ap.stʁɛʁ/
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VerbEdit

abstraire

  1. (very rare) to abstract (to separate; to remove; to take away)

Usage notesEdit

  • This verb is more common in the compound tenses and infinitive than in actually conjugated forms. It is generally replaced by faire abstraction.

ConjugationEdit

This verb traditionally has no past historic or imperfect subjunctive. They would be formed on a -abstray- root: *je abstrayis, *que nous abstrayissions etc. Forms using the ‘a’ endings of verbs in -er are now used when there is an unavoidable need to use these forms. The root -abstrais- was used instead of -abstray- in the 18th century, and remains in Swiss and Savoy dialects.

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