surnager

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

sur- +‎ nager

VerbEdit

surnager

  1. to stay afloat
  2. to keep up, to make it

ConjugationEdit

This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written surnage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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