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aristophanes

22nd February 2013, 18:32
Neither would I, but why is there the -ant variant for dependent then?
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greedy kite

22nd February 2013, 19:09
Judging by several explanations given at various sources, the "-ant" form, to put it simply, is the older one.
And the conclusions we have arrived at are confirmed!
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aristophanes

22nd February 2013, 19:23
I do think it's odd that there isn't a parallel "problem" for the substantive "independent" (one who is not a dependant). I checked the OED and an -ant form doesn't seem to be mentioned at all (not even as obs.).
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pastille

23rd February 2013, 11:13
Thought this was quite apt.....


http://t.co/Xe6a82AbCI
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chrise

23rd February 2013, 11:14
Thanks for that, pasty!
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janink

23rd February 2013, 14:09
Well, I'm from the USA but have lived here in the UK for 11 years. Sorry, but the word dependAnt is just plain wrong in the article -- wrong on both sides of the Atlantic. I think it was just an error in proofreading. We would use dependAnt when referring to a person who is dependEnt on someone or something.
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chrise

23rd February 2013, 14:11
I am relieved to hear that, janink - thanks.
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aristophanes

23rd February 2013, 14:16
If you can't trust the Internal Revenue "Service"... :)

http://www.irs.gov/uac/A-%E2%80%9CQualifying-Child%E2%80%9D


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chrise

23rd February 2013, 14:19
Well, as I said originally, Chambers gives the "other" spelling as an alternative for both noun and verb.
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aristophanes

23rd February 2013, 14:23
We should perhaps consult an independant source.
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