Please explain the reason for 2 different conjugations with this verb

RonC1

Please explain the reason for 2 different conjugations with this verb

I have noticed this peculiarity with s'asseoir as well as a couple of other verbs in French; however, I have never read or found an explanation for the reason this exists like such.
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi both,

This is an interesting one! Indeed you will hear a mixture of both conjugations in spoken language but I think in the Imperative you might hear,

Assieds-toi, Asseyons-nous and Asseyez-vous

more than the other one.

Hope this helps!

 

Couldn't find an explicit reason either. Etymologically it is probably a coexisting older root with a newer version which developed in some other geographical region. But that's just a guess. It's funny but at least some French people tend to mix the two conjugations and use one (je m'assois) in the singular and the other (nous asseyons) in the plural. Go figure. -- Chris. -- Chris.
RonC1
Merci, Chris, pour votre réponse. Passez une bonne journée.

Please explain the reason for 2 different conjugations with this verb

I have noticed this peculiarity with s'asseoir as well as a couple of other verbs in French; however, I have never read or found an explanation for the reason this exists like such.

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