halener

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French alener, formed by metathesis from Latin anhēlō (I breathe out, breathe forth, exhale).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.lə.ne/, /al.ne/, /a.lɛ.ne/, /a.le.ne/

Verb[edit]

halener

  1. (transitive) to scent (detect the scent of another)
  2. (transitive) to exhale

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is conjugated mostly like the regular -er verbs (parler and chanter and so on), but the -e- /ə/ of the second-to-last syllable becomes -è- /ɛ/ when the next vowel is a silent or schwa -e-. For example, in the third-person singular present indicative, we have il halène rather than *il halene. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.

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