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Fractured French

To the Editor:

Moi, j’accuse, aussi. For yet another article at a level of excellence which one has come to take for granted from him, Norman Podhoretz greatly deserves our applaudissements, but William Bowen of Fortune [Letters from Readers, December 1982], who writes j’applaude, deserves our sifflements for making applaudir first conjugation since it belongs to the second—done, j’applaudis not j’applaude.

Robert Trattner
Baltimore, Maryland

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To the Editor:

COMMENTARY and I are both guilty of fracturing French. I wrote j’applauds and COMMENTARY amended that to j’applaude. The correct form—as many other readers, no doubt, will also tell you—is j’applaudis.

William Bowen
New York City

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