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Old French[edit]


From Latin fabricāre, present active infinitive of fabricō.

  • The Latin word is "fabricāre".
  • The "b" became a "v", and the "c" becomes voiced "g": "favrigāre".
  • The "av" then became "aw/au", and the "i" spread around the "g": "fawrigiāre".
  • The "aw" became "o", the "i" in the middle disappeared, and "āre" became "er", giving us: "forgier".




  1. to forge (create using a forge)


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -ier, with a palatal stem. These verbs are conjugated mostly like verbs in -er, but there is an extra i before the e of some endings. In the present tense an extra supporting e is needed in the first-person singular indicative and throughout the singular subjunctive, and the third-person singular subjunctive ending -t is lost. In addition, g becomes j before an a or an o to keep the /dʒ/ sound intact. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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