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If someone, who is not grateful, is "ungrateful", why is he called an "ingrate", and not "ungrate"?

Asked by ragingloli (46568points) March 21st, 2019

It is unsense nonsense.

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janbb's avatar

That’s English for you! (And also French and…...)

canidmajor's avatar

Because he expresses ingratitude instead of ungratitude.

josie's avatar

Good question.
Like @janbb‘s answer. Modern English has plenty of origins, and can be pretty complicated.

JLeslie's avatar

English is annoying and illogical a lot of the time. I once saw a statistic that 20% of English is irregular, or exceptions, or something like that.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Ingrate is a noun “He is an ingrate.”

Ungrateful is an adjective “He is ungrateful.”

Demosthenes's avatar

Because they entered the language separately. “Ungrateful” is “un-” + “grateful”, “ingrate” is borrowed directly from the Latin word “ingratus” meaning “unpleasant” or “disagreeable”.

joeschmo's avatar

^ Excellent.

cookieman's avatar

Plus, and “ungrate” is a wedge of cheese not suitable for grating.

canidmajor's avatar

^ I thought it was just when you compressed the bits back together…

cookieman's avatar

^ Ah yes, reconstruction.

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