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August 16th, 2005
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Grammar question
Why is it "precede" but "proceed"?


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Date:August 16th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Probably just one of those quirks/glitches that occurred about the time the printing press standardized spelling. They both have the exact same Middle English-French-Latin derivation. I think many of the spelling decisions when spellings began to become standardized were fairly arbitrary.
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Date:August 17th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
"precede": pre, before + cedere, go.
"proceed": pro, forward + cedere, go.

It's the prefix. Latin's bitchily detail-oriented like that.
Of course, it's the multiple language jumps and so forth that lead to the "ede" vs. "eed" difference.
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