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Could somebody suggest what does (-nn-) mean in the article abot the word "ban"?
I can't find explanation for it.
Can't track the article you refer to, but the word
banns is the term for the required public announcements of a marriage in church.
The word bann [now obsolete] is the original plural of "ban".
I think the label ‘(-nn-)‘ means when you change the verb to its past, past participle or present participle, you have to add an ‘n’ to the listed verb:
banned, banning. For example, look for the verb ‘nab’, you’ll see the same symbol and it just means adding ‘–n’ to its inflections.
Maybe this link will work better:
But you will have to choose your country.
Yes, I can understand what the word means. But what is (-nn-) is a question.
You must be right. Thank you.
Got there in the end, and of course Buddhaheart is quite correct. it is to indicate the doubling of the "n" in participles.
The question is answered.
Last edited by WilhelmFriedrichJonson; 17-Sep-2008 at