distraire

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin distrahere, present active infinitive form of distrahō, with conjugation based on French traire.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

distraire

  1. to distract

Conjugation[edit]

This verb traditionally has no past historic or imperfect subjunctive. They would be formed on a -distray- root: *je distrayis, *que nous distrayissions etc. Forms using the ‘a’ endings of verbs in -er are now used when there is an unavoidable need to use these forms. The root -distrais- was used instead of -distray- in the 18th century, and remains in Swiss and Savoy dialects.

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