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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin inquieto, inquietare.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

inquiéter

  1. (transitive) to worry
    Cette nouvelle m'inquiète.This news worries me.
  2. (reflexive) to be worried, to worry
    Ne t'inquiète pas!Don't worry! (informal)

ConjugationEdit

This verb is conjugated like céder. It is a regular -er verb, except that its last stem vowel alternates between /e/ (written ‘é’) and /ɛ/ (written ‘è’), with the latter being used before mute ‘e’. One special case is the future stem, used in the future and the conditional. Before 1990, the future stem of such verbs was written inquiéter-, reflecting the historic pronunciation /e/. In 1990, the French Academy recommended that it be written inquièter-, reflecting the now common pronunciation /ɛ/, thereby making this distinction consistent throughout the conjugation (and also matching in this regard the conjugations of verbs like lever and jeter). Both spellings are in use today, and both are therefore given here.

This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ when the next vowel is a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il inquiète rather than *il inquiete. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

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