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roots

/ (ruːts) /
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adjective

(of popular music) going back to the origins of a style, esp in being genuine and unpretentiousroots rock

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Derived forms of roots

rootsy, adjective
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Roots

(1976) A Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by the African-American author Alex Haley, later made into a popular television drama. It traces a black American man's heritage to Africa, where his ancestors had been captured and sold as slaves.

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