Why need PH when have F? Why the PHoto, but not Foto?
Apr 9, 2011 10:42 AM
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Peachey already told you what I was going to tell you, and some more; I think it is a nice thing that something coming from Greek language could be easily recognized this way. If really interested, try to seek a table of common suffices and prefixes from Greek; example: philo- , has the meaning of /friend/. Of course the English language has many derivations, and the rules are much coherent when you know about words' origins; Mr. Kraut9 comment is complete and excessive agnosticism.
April 9, 2011
Well, English spelling of Greek derivatives is taken from Latin then French interpretations of the original Greek. Confusing, hey. :) When using Greek words and names, the old Roman writers wrote ɸ as 'ph', even though they had their own 'f' sound. French later adopted these spellings, and they were later taken to England.
April 9, 2011
When you learn language you need to forget about logic. There is no logic in language (except computer languages). It's not math. There are plenty of illogical things and exceptions when you learn whatever language.
April 9, 2011
Спасибо всем за пояснения! Теперь все понятно!
April 11, 2011
April 9, 2011
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