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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:27 am 
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I've only ever seen the Old English gerund suffix -enne mentioned by one source*, and I can't recall ever having seen it used in a text. I've always assumed that -ing/-ung was the usual gerund suffix. Was -enne common, and did it differ in usage from -ing/-ung?

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According to this: http://johnhutton1965.wordpress.com/200 ... revisited/ and http://www.old-engli.sh/trivia.php?ID=Infinitive the -enne form is in fact the inflected infinitive (the to-infinitive), which goes back to an older dative form of a lost gerund. The use of the term "gerund" for this form is misleading, as it only shows this dative form and is only used after the "preposition" to. The second link has an interesting story about its syntactic development.

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The link I posted, however, contrasts the "inflected infinitive" -anne with the "gerund" -enne.

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