Do we say "George roots from the Campbell family" or "George has roots in the Campbell family"?

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    "Root" as a verb can mean "to plant," as in She rooted the aspidistra in a mixture of peat moss and Lego bricks." Intransitively, "root" means to dig hungrily, as in "The pig rooted in the humus and found a truffle." Informally, it can mean to cheer for a favorite sport team. Your first example doesn't live in that company. – Rob_Ster Dec 10 '17 at 22:09

Definitely not the first one, as 'root' in this context is a noun not a verb.

I'd say, "George is descended from the Campbell family"

Normally 'Roots' is used to describe a location, e.g. "George has roots in Scotland"

  • Personal(ly). ... – Bill Bell Dec 10 '17 at 22:03
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    I decided that "" is probably better.. it removes unnecessarily redundant duplication. – JeffUK Dec 10 '17 at 22:05

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