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Asked • 06/26/19

Origin of contigo and similar "contractions"?

What's the history of the words *contigo*, *conmigo*, etc?They're treated like contractions for *con ti* and *con mi*, respectively, but they actually make the word _longer_ rather than shorter, as contractions ought to do.It occurs to me that there are a whole host of other words in Spanish that have similar spellings and functions (*amigo*, *enemigo*, etc) , how do they fit into this puzzle?Are *ti* and *mi* shortened versions of previously used pronouns *tigo* and *migo*, or something? This would make the meaning of *amigo* clear: *a-* (not) *migo* (me)

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Victoria C. answered • 06/30/19

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