cunnan

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Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kunnaną.

Verb[edit]

cunnan

  1. to know, to be familiar with
  2. (auxiliary) can, to be able to

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Dutch: connen
    • Dutch: kunnen
      • Afrikaans: kan (from inflected form kan)
    • Limburgish: kónne
    • West Flemish: keunn

Further reading[edit]

  • cunnan”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃- (to know).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

cunnan

  1. to know, to be familiar with
    Iċ wāt þæt hē hīe cann, ac iċ nāt hwanon.
    I know that he knows her, but I don't know from where.
    Iċ nime þone hring, þēah iċ þone weġ ne cunne.
    I will take the ring, though I do not know the way.
    Nān þing nis hefiġre þonne dēad līchama. Atlas self ne cann þæt ġewiht.
    Nothing is heavier than a dead body. Atlas himself knows not the weight.
    Ne cūðe iċ hine wel, ac iċ cūðe hine oft.
    I didn't know him well, but I knew him often.
  2. (auxiliary) can, to know how
    cann ēow lǣran.
    I can teach you.
    Þrēo manna cynn sind: þā þe tellan cunnon and þā þe ne cunnon.
    There are three kinds of people: those who know how to count and those who don't.

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