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Why do we say "commit" a crime?

Apparently the sense is derived from a usage common in Latin: Commit The evolution of the modern range of meanings in English is not entirely clear. The sense of "perpetrate (a crime), do, ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something?

For instance, in "He was a 2x runner-up for the Champion title", would it be "two time"? No: you want "two-time runner-up" instead. Incidentally, "two-times runner-...
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Why do we say "commit" a crime?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary's first definition of the word "commit" is "to carry into action deliberately : PERPETRATE". So we generally say "commit a crime" to ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something?

As already mentioned, an abbreviated 2× winner or 3× winner could be written out as a two-time winner or three-time winner. (Notice how small cardinal numbers are always spelt out as English words.) ...
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