i avoir

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Old French[edit]

Excerpt from the Oxford manuscript of The Song of Roland. The final five words are i ad plus de mil ‎(there are more than a thousand).

Etymology[edit]

From Latin hīc ‎(here) and habēre ‎(to have).

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Verb[edit]

i avoir

  1. (impersonal) there be
    • 12th Century, Unknown, Raoul de Cambrai:
      Laissiés les mors, n'i a nul recouvrier.
      Leave the dead, there are none to be recovered.

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