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Atatürk
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 2:00:58 AM

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Why is it "Shakespearean" and not "Shakespearian"?

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thar
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 4:41:14 AM

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Because the e is in the name - Shakespeare.
No reason to drop the e and insert an i when the sound is the same.
Shakespeare, Shakespearean. Singapore, Singaporean.

No e, no -ean
Wagner, Wagnerian.
Atatürk
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 5:41:26 AM

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Thank you very much.

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Atatürk
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:54:41 AM

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What about Elizabethan?

Why is it not "ian"?

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Romany
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:03:36 PM
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Because "Elizabeth" doesn't end with an "e".

EDIT: I cut this out but it IS relevent: -

"an" is the prefix given to historical eras. Elizabethan, Victorian, etc. But the eras until the death of George IV, become "Georgian" because of that "e". (To write it as Georgean brings up difficulties on how it's pronounced.)
Atatürk
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 4:20:58 PM

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Romany wrote:
Because "Elizabeth" doesn't end with an "e".



In that case it would be Elizabethean.

Why isn't it "Elizabethian" now that it doesn't end in "e"?

Advice and classroom hints are one thing, grammar rules are another. Michael Lewis (1986)
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