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Does the morpheme “ative”, used as a suffix, transform the word into adjectives or nouns?

preservative, for instance, can be either used as a noun or an adjective. This kind of food doesn’t contain any kind of preservatives the preservative effect of freezing is good to keep most ...
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Are the suffixes -al and -ar the same adjective suffixes? if not why? [closed]

This picture is about specific examples of these two suffixes.
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Is there a word for a skeptical thought?

We have: critic: a person giving criticism criticism: the practice of judging the merits and faults of something critique: one specific item of criticism And we also have: skeptic: a person giving ...
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What do native speakers think of when they are speaking? [closed]

I know this question might seem somehow ridiculous to you or silly. You may ask me why don't answer these questions by thinking of what you do in your native language. The thing is that I didn't want ...
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rule of adding suffix -ing

Today I went through a link in Oxford stating https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/spelling/verb-tenses-adding-ed-and-ing If the verb has only one syllable and ends with a single vowel plus a ...
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an average of - what is it - a noun or a preposition?

please help me to understand using "an average of" in this sentence: > Husbands help in the house more than they did in the past, but in the UK for example, men do an average of just six hours a ...
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Why are nice picture/gif/video about foo called “foo-porn”?

I was browsing Reddit and I discovered many subreddits named after foo-porn, to name just a few: /r/EarthPorn /r/FoodPorn /r/Map_Porn /r/ruralporn /r/shockwaveporn /r/SkyPorn /r/unixporn It seems ...
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Positive, comparative, superlative and… is there a fourth?

I'm wondering whether English has something beyond its superlative degree. In my language we call that "túlzófok", it literally translates to "exaggerative degree." I'm wondering because I often hear ...
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Is “I bought it because it costed …” an idiomatic and grammatical phrase?

I thought the phrase was common. Example sentence: Naomi bought the coffee because it costed ¥499, and she was obsessed with prime numbers. However, Google only yields 4 results. This makes me ...
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Why doesn't “aversion” correspond to “aver”?

I thought that the noun "aversion" was derived from the verb "aver". However, it seems they have different meanings. My question is, how can an English learner know such nouns? I don't think there ...
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Is the word 'restrictionable' correct?

How do you form -able words? Which root do you have to attach the suffix to in order to make the new word? For example, is the word 'restrictionable' correct? restriction + -able ⇒ 'that may or ...
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The 's' or 'es' word

Where do exactly put the 's' or 'es' word on the sentences? And why using that word on sentence? And when the right time to add the 's' or 'es' word?
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Looking for the name of this type of grammatical term “im-”, “mis-”

We can break some words in two or three parts. Example: Impossible = Im + possible Misconception = Miss + conception What does these type of grammatical term called? PS:I'm looking for this, ...
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How can I differentiate between the meaning in the following words

How can I difference between the meaning in the following words? - Audience it's noun - Audible it's adjective - Audition it's also noun - Auditory it's also adjective So, my question is we have ...
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What is the difference between the -able that attaches to nouns and the -able that attaches to verbs?

Ie: marriageable vs acceptable honourable vs agreeable Are there any differences in the way this suffix functions?
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Do you perceive nouns ending with -a as somewhat feminine? [closed]

In Russian, most nouns ending with -a are considered feminine and decline accordingly (with -a considered an ending). But English has no declensions and no -a ending. So I wonder whether you perceive ...
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Why does Register become Registration (no e)?

Why does the English word Register become Registration, with the second 'e' being removed?
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What word has the root “vale” in it?

This really seems to be a strange question, but I just came cross a word valediction, I looked it up and found out that vale means "farewell". Even though I'm not that keen into etymology, this word ...
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If “dis” makes antonym of a root word, then why doesn't “creet” have a meaning where discreet=“dis”+creet?

In a dictionary, I found the word "discreet" which means: not likely to be seen or noticed by many people. I think maybe the word discreet is formed by : "dis"+creet. If it is so then what is the ...