I AGREE/I AM A "GREE"

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Dear Sirss,

 

I am a Spanish woman who is currently studying the Advanced Level Of English (Cambridge). Many, many years ago, when I started to study English, I had a teacher who taught his students the following rule in order not to make the common mistake "I agree/I am agree".

 

I would like you to let me know the meaning of the word "gree", I've been unsuccessfully searching for all the Englis websites dictionaries without any success. I've been told that "gree" could be a synonimous for pig/pork in English. Could you please find it out? I don't have any more tools to reach out the meaning of "gree" and I extremly need it for a class task we have to handle in a near future.

 

I look forward to hearing from you with the best answer.

 

Best Regards

 

Montse Pinol

Barcelona, Spain

grammar asked May 16 '12 at 05:30 Montse Piñol New member

Being from Barcelona, perhaps you can answer -- to what degree is Catalon (as opposed to Castillian Spanish) still used? In California, I occasionally see "carne del porc" rather than "carne del cerdo". which I suppose harkens back to our Catalonian heritage.

Jeff PribylMay 16 '12 at 16:53

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I looked "gree" up in my dictionaries, and I don't find anything that might associate "gree" with pigs or pork. But I may understand where you may have gotten the linkage. First, this is what I did find about "gree":

 

"Gree" is a little-used noun, derived from a 14th century Scottish word, meaning step or degree. As such, it is directly related to the Spanish "grado".

 

Now for the linkage with pigs/pork. The closest I can think of comes from Spanish, not English. Acuerdo = agreement. Cerdo = pig. But even this seems distant as the two have very different pronounciations. (At least in the Californian/Mexican/Catalan Spanish I am used to -- most of California's first settlers, the missionaries and soldiers, came from Catalonia.) For a memory device, I would have linked "agree" with "sane" (the Spanish "cuerdo").

 

Going back a generation to my own Spanish education, I can see how "I agree", "I am in agreement",  and "I am agree" might be confusing to a native Spanish-speaker. If I remember correctly, there is no direct translation of "I agree" in Spanish. "Estoy de acuerdo" literally means "I am of accord."

 

I hope this helped.

link comment edited May 16 '12 at 13:32 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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Since your instructor was using this rule to avoid a common mistake, perhaps the point was made with the fact that there is no such thing as a Gree.  That means that if you say “I am agree” (rather than “I agree”) it sounds like you are saying “I am a Gree,” which is nonsensical.  

link comment answered May 17 '12 at 02:09 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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