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FinnishEdit

NounEdit

seit

  1. Nominative plural form of sei.

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German sīt, from Old High German [Term?], from Proto-Germanic *sīþaz. Akin to Old Saxon sīd. Compare obsolete English sith.

PronunciationEdit

ConjunctionEdit

seit

  1. since
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Aus dem Lande der Ostseeritter, in Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun., page 106:
      Vierzig mal 365 Tage und dazu noch die Schalttage waren verstrichen, seit Dorothee unter den Apfelbäumen Burkahnens über ihr Leben entschieden hatte.
      Forty times 365 days and in addition the leap days had passed since Dorothee had decided her future life under the apple trees of Burkahnen.

Usage notesEdit

  • Seit is often construed with the present tense in clauses defining the age a person was when something began: seit ich klein bin (“since I was little”), seit ich ein Kind bin (“since I was a child”). This use of the present tense is somewhat peculiar but mirrors the present tense in the main clause: Ich tanze schon, seit ich klein bin. (“I’ve danced since I was little.”) The past tense is equally possible and common, however (thus: seit ich klein war).
  • The present tense for still continuing states, as in seit ich hier arbeite (“since I’ve been working here”), is not anomalous but according to the general rules.

PrepositionEdit

seit (+ dative)

  1. since
  2. for

Middle DutchEdit

RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) said
  • (Sutsilvan) set
  • (Surmiran) seid

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sitis, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰgʷʰítis (perishing, decrease).

NounEdit

seit f

  1. (Sursilvan) thirst