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Be aware that the following is only an educated guess. Even ignoring the unconventional stress, lebendig is a peculiar word. It is the only German word formed this way┬╣, i.e., by appending ig to the present participle. Usually such adjectives are formed by appending an adjective ending to the basic stem (here, leb), as for example in lebhaft, wendig, ...


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Rule: In German, every rule has an exception. In reality, rules are an oversimplified information, valid for a certain amount of time, to describe language. One tries to derive rules to organize properties of languages, but being a language as complicated as it is, one usually fails in encompassing all the cases. I think you have to be glad there is a ...



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