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English weirdness 

what's the difference between commentating and commenting?

English weirdness 

@clarfonthey You get paid for the first one, e.g. sports commentator.

Seems like "to commentate" is derived from "commentary", which is "an explanation given as a series of comments"

English weirdness 

@1011X so... to commentate is to give explanations in the form of comments? like commenting?

English weirdness 

@clarfonthey yep, pretty much

English weirdness 

@clarfonthey i mean besides ones a specific job and ones not, commentate implies an ongoing action (eg. providing commentary over the course of game) while a comment/commenting does not

This is not actually really English weirdness—many languages have much more complex inflection systems than English does, and the -ary inflection is actually one English inherited from Latin (via Norman French)

English weirdness 

@clarfonthey I mean i guess ‘inflected word forms will have similar meanings’ isn’t the most satisfying answer but

re: English weirdness 

@clarfonthey I would say that one is more formalised and thought-out; commentating would be a continuous narration on a thing, commenting is making a (or possibly a series of) one-off statements about it?

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