French - Verb
- (transitive) to burden; put a burden on
- (transitive, figuratively) to put a weight on (someone's shoulders)
- (transitive) to hang over; weigh heavy over
- 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 grève rather than *il greve. Other verbs conjugated this way include lever and mener. Related but distinct conjugations include those of appeler and préférer.
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Old French - Etymology
Old French - Verb
This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-v, *-vs, *-vt are modified to f, s, t. This verb has a stressed present stem griev distinct from the unstressed stem grev. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.