I am wondering what is the suffix of "feature". The wordinfo website does not list the suffix for this word.


But it lists "-ure" as the suffix of "rupture". Does it mean that the "-ure" in "feature" should not be considered as a suffix as it doens't denote "an act or result, result of the act of".


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    I'm not a definitive source, but as a native english speaker, I would not consider "feature" to be a word with a suffix at all. "Rupture" has other related words like "erupt" which you can argue make "rupt" a prefix in "rupture", but I can't think of words related to "feature" in that way.
    – Cort Ammon
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 23:44
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    There is no English suffix on the English word feature. The -ure ending comes from Latin, where it was part of a suffix when the word was borrowed, but is not a suffix in English. Latin grammar is not English grammar. Commented Apr 27, 2019 at 0:05

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English words ending with an apparent suffix -ure, from Latin -ura, fall into two great classes: 1) those taken from Latin, directly or through French, where the suffix was present in one or both languages, and 2) those where the suffix was used to form new English words following the same pattern but without Latin/French originals.

Feature, from Anglo-French feture, Old French faiture, ultimately from Latin factura, belongs to the first class along with many other words, such as manufacture, departure or nomenclature.

Belonging to the second class are, for example, exposure, erasure, seizure, and expenditure.

  • Can you elaborate on -ure as a native English suffix, that is how productive it is in English?
    – Mitch
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 12:09
  • Someone dusted it off in 1869 to coin photogravure, so I suppose it's technically still productive. etymonline.com/word/photogravure#etymonline_v_50929
    – KarlG
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 7:01

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