Why is it called a "building" when it's already built?


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Most Helpful Girl

  • That's an interesting thought

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  • Actually, if you see the origin of the word "building", it is byldan (Old English) and bilden Middle English.

    In modern English, it is respelled and moulded as building.

    Furthermore, the suffix doesn't always mean present continues verb but in fact, a suffix used to form nouns from verbs, and signifying the act of; the -> result of the act <- as, riding, dying, feeling. It has also a secondary collective force; as, shipping, clothing.

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  • For the same reason why you compliment on the "cooking" of others, it is a product of the verb.

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  • Why do we park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?

    Why do we call it CARgo when sent by ship but a SHIPmeny when sent by car?

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  • Why is it called "asking" when it's already asked?

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