"With you" in Latin is tecum; in Spanish, contigo; but in Italian, why is it two separate words, con te (no univerbation)?

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    Actually, univerbation exists also in Italian: teco, meco. But it is ancient or literary treccani.it/vocabolario/teco Dec 3, 2023 at 8:10
  • @BakerStreet Why did teco fall into disuse?
    – Geremia
    Dec 3, 2023 at 21:23
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    I don't know, I remember only having heard teco in some prayer (Ave Maria) and in literature. Dec 3, 2023 at 22:34
  • I believe that “meco” e “teco” are literary latinisms, never used in spoken language.
    – egreg
    Dec 4, 2023 at 18:44
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    Per approfondimenti sugli usi e numerosi esempi, vedi qui, a p. 793: gdli.it/sala-lettura/vol-xx/20
    – DaG
    Dec 5, 2023 at 13:53

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In realtà l'univerbazione esiste anche in italiano: teco. Ma il suo uso è antico o letterario.

Usi e numerosi esempi:

Sorgente: il commento di DaG

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