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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.

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