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    akin=similar?

    "He speaks a language akin to French."

    Is akin synonymus with similar?

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    Re: akin=similar?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He speaks a language akin to French."

    Is akin synonymus with similar?
    It can be, but it is not necessarily so in this sentence. The basic meaning of "akin" is "of the same ancestry" and languages, like people, have ancestry too. French is akin to Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish, because they are all descendants of Latin.

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