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English—Latin cognates

English—Latin cognates ending in -ble


Many English words which end in -ble have a Latin origin. They will be familiar if you speak a Latin language. Beware of false friends!

For example the English word possible. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein.

  • Spanish - posible
  • Italian - possibile
  • French - possible
  • Valencian - possible

Many words follow this pattern:

Alice is doing very well. She’s coping admirably.

Oh, what a cute puppy. How adorable!

Chess requires considerable concentration.

Complete these sentences!

  1. He was very rude. His behaviour was absolutely deplorable.
  2. Make mine a double Whisky!
  3. I recommend Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres, because they are very durable.
  4. Good news. Your plan received a favourable response.
  5. Do I have to arrive on 1 May or is that date flexible?
  6. I know you don’t want to, but it’s the honourable thing to do.
  7. That was a truly memorable performance. I’ll never forget it.
  8. Is the price fixed or is it negotiable?
  9. I don’t believe it. It’s incredible.
  10. Caution, petrol is highly inflammable.
  11. “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”
  12. I’m sure she’ll understand — she’s a reasonable person.
  13. Please put recyclable plastic in the blue container.
  14. Don’t blame me. I’m not responsible for your dog.
  15. We’ll be walking a lot so wear some sensible shoes.
  16. Bob is very sociable — he loves parties.
  17. I don’t like swallowing tablets. Do you have an soluble aspirin?
  18. Don’t build a house on sand, because it’s not stable.
  19. The interview wasn’t pleasant, but it was tolerable.
  20. “Actions are visible, though motives are secret.” Samuel Johnson.

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