to count (along)
(In the sense of following a repetitive event and counting it. Not direct object.)
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to count
(In the sense of including an item in a count. Think of a warm up set in fitness that you may or may not count as actual set. )
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Word Family

Root: *del- (2)

The core idea of this root was:

telling, counting

In English, it has focused on the aspect of narration and grew into words like to tell, tale, and to talk.

The German verbs zählen and zahlen have focused more on numbers, but the notion of narrating is still visible in erzählen for example, which means to tell.

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