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    Is someone or something from Argentina Argentine or Argentinian? I hear both terms used frequently.

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    Hi amayo, I was investigating and "Argentinian" is fairly new, "Argentine" is much more used.

    I found this graphic

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    That's very interesting! I would have thought that one was correct and the other incorrect. I always used Argentine so I guess I´m part of the majority

    Thanks for composing the graph!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amayo View Post
    Is someone or something from Argentina Argentine or Argentinian? I hear both terms used frequently.
    I hear both terms used quite often as well. I always use Argentine.

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    Same here. To me they're interchangeable but in a hurry I'd probably use Argentinian. It's curious to me that Argentine is used. Why don't they use Colombine for Colombia?
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    Hi Vicente, you always make me think ^_^
    The gentilic adjectives conformation is curious yeah, its appears that (Contry Name + "an") is the most frequent conformation (Uruguayan, Ecuadorian).
    if the Country name ends with a you only add a "n"(Cuban, Nigerian, Bolivian).
    Sometimes if the Country name ends with other vowel, replace this vowel with "a" and add "n" (Mexico->Mexican, Morocco->Moroccan)
    But sometimes no (Chile->Chilean)
    I supose "Argentinan" sounds "bad" then "Argentinian"
    I supose too "Peruan" sounds "bad" then "Peruvian"

    There are much other rules and exceptions but I don't know.

    Bye ^_^.

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    Hi Salvadorm

    Thinking is a good thing, no?

    I´m not sure there are any rules. It seems to be a question of choice. Texan used to be Texian. Argentina may be the only country to use the suffix ...ine? Maybe The Phillipines?

    How do you pronounce Argentine? argen-teen or argen-tayn?
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    I think the pronunciation is argen-tayn, I don't know where you may put the accent, if árgen-tayn or argen-táyn.

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    I was just curious how you, yourself, would pronounce it because it is pronounced both ways here in the U.S., with the accent on the last syllable.
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    As an American I pronounce it argen-táyn.

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