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Fillers When I use a word…


BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:625
  1. Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist
  1. Oxford

    Dilation or dilatation? asked a colleague. And if dilatation is right why isn't it dilatate?

    Let's start with a Latin verb, ferre, to carry. Just as in English we give the major inflected forms of the verb (the so called paradigm) in the form present infinitive, past indicative, past participle—for example, eat, ate, eaten—so in Latin the paradigm is given in the form present indicative, present infinitive, perfect indicative, past participle or supine—for example, amo, amare, amavi, amatum. …

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