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S. *be, prep. “as, like”
David Salo suggested (SG/226) that this may be a cognate of Q. ve¹ “as, like” plus a form of the definite article, having the sense “as in the [Shire-reckoning]”. This seems to me to be more plausible than Carl Hostetter’s theory connecting it to the root √MI/IMI “in” (VT31/19-20) via a the strengthened form MBI that appears in Q. imbë¹.
References ✧ SD/129.0205
|ben||definite||“in the”||✧ SD/129.0205|