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Suppose we have a word Sponsor/to sponsor (the German noun or the English verb; it does not matter) and want to derive a German verb from it. Let's have a little look at the history of the word sponsor. It is a nomen agentis derived from the latin verb spondere. Nomina agentis can be formed by suffixing -tor to the verbal root (spond-). Two contacting ...


The ending -or is used to indicate a person or a thing doing something. A Sponsor, Prediktor + Korrektor in mathematics, Indikator, Rektor, Reaktor and many others. The Prediktor doesn't predictor, it predicts. The Indikator doesn't indicator, it indicates. So when turning a noun ending in -or into a verb, it is quite natural to remove the -or.


Short answer to your question: yes this is because sponsern is an anglicism. See also Korrekturen.de on this. As for your second question, whether there are similar examples, I’d say pretty much every word that is taken from English is a potential candidate. This depends on how “correctly” the verb was taken into the German language. An example: the verb ...

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