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Post  Donzel on Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:24 pm

Did you ever wonder why some Lakes have the name in front of Lake, and others follow Lake?

This could be why:

In English, adjectives are always found in front of the noun, but most French adjectives follow the noun they modify.

Squam Lake was probably named by English grammar.

Lake Winnipesaukee was probably named by French grammar.




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Post  WHL on Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:26 pm

Boy does that sound familiar!!!! Laughing 
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Post  Donzel on Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:38 pm

WHL wrote:Boy does that sound familiar!!!!  Laughing 

I would have posted it on the FATP but most of the members wouldn't know what I'm talking about; IMHO that is. Wink

Sad but true.

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Post  News Hawk on Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:13 am

Donzel wrote:In English, adjectives are always found in front of the noun, but most French adjectives follow the noun they modify...Lake Winnipesaukee was probably named by French grammar...
Like Lac Leman—"Lake Geneva"—in Switzerland?

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Post  WHL on Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:43 am

It does make you wonder why Lake Winni and Squam Lake are opposites? Did we have different languages in so close an area?
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