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#125853 - 03/22/04 11:50 AM graduand
Date: Tue Aug 29 00:26:15 EDT 2000
graduand (GRAJ-oo-and) noun
A student who is about to graduate or receive a degree.
[From Middle Latin graduandus, gerundive of graduare to graduate.]
#125854 - 03/22/04 11:57 AM Re: graduand
It's amazing what lengths of 'word inventiveness' people have gone to just so they can use one word instead of two or three.
#125855 - 03/23/04 09:24 AM Re: graduand
It's a goodly place to point out that whereas English has a single -ing form (called present particple or gerund depending on its function, not its form), Latin has two forms: one, a present particple (a verbal adjective), ending in -Vns (e.g., amans), and two, a gerund or a gerundive (both verbal nouns), ending in -Vnd- (amandi, g.s.). Gerundives are also called future passive particples. While present particples are declined in all 5 cases, gerunds lack a nominative form. Here's a famous example of a gerundive: Carthago delenda est (Carthage must be destroyed / C. is to be destroyed). Of a gerundive: aqua utilis bibendo (water good for drinking) from Pliny.
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