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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ANSWERING

I don't know what to write, about your answering that man of violence.

"I don't think Margaret has any," said Mrs. Howard, answering for her daughter.

Heads were turned our way; people were asking, answering, almost pointing.

"Yes, I was there," Crane added, answering the question that was in them.

Do you see how important it is that you should make no mistake in answering me?

"I guess so," she admitted, answering the last question first.

"Something's up over there," Good Indian said, answering her look.

Instead of answering the question, however, the other offered her a cheap room.

"Yes," said Carton, pausing again, and answering over his shoulder.

Very little likelihood this shews of their answering your requests.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English andswaru "an answer, a reply," from and- "against" (see ante) + -swaru "affirmation," from swerian "to swear" (see swear), suggesting an original sense of "make a sworn statement rebutting a charge." A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon antswor, Old Norse andsvar, Old Frisian ondser, Danish and Swedish ansvar), implying a Proto-Germanic *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a question," the main modern sense, was present in Old English. Meaning "solution of a problem" is from c.1300.

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