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To prophesy

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Ellbell Thu 04-Sep-08 12:37:02

The verb is 'to prophesy'.

The third person singular form in the present tense is 's/he prophesies' and in the past tense 's/he prophesied'.

THERE IS NO SUCH VERB AS 'TO PROPHESIZE'.

[And breathe]

My students have been getting this wrong for years, but this morning I heard it on shockRadio 4 shock: 'he prophesizes'.

So, after screaming at the Radio for 5 minutes, I felt a visit to Pedants' Corner was in order.

Thank you. I feel better now.

grin

FabioFlangeCat Thu 04-Sep-08 12:38:35

I knew you were going to say that.

[bleedin' obvious]

FabioFlangeCat Thu 04-Sep-08 12:40:27

Oops missed me grin

Ellbell Thu 04-Sep-08 13:41:40

Predictable response. wink

mumblechum Thu 04-Sep-08 13:48:31

Well you learn something new every day.

It just doesn't seem right, though, does it - sounds like a noun rather than a verb.

I do believe you, though.smile

Ellbell Thu 04-Sep-08 16:55:58

Aha... the noun is 'prophecy'. It's another example of a pair of words that follow the 'advice'/'advise' rule (the noun has a 'c', the verb has an 's').

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