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A suffix is an element of a language that is added to the end of a word.

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Is there a rule for when the suffix -ian is one syllable long, when two?

A question from my student: I'm rather confused how many syllables in the words with suffix -ian? Some words like 'e-lec-tri-cian, mu-si-cian, A-sian' have only one syllable while ' veg-e-tar-i-an, ...
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How can i get the right suffix?

many suffixes get the same meaning,such as development,oppression,their suffixes both mean state,so how do I choose the right suffix without dictionary.
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Alternatives for the suffix '-rooted'

I'm looking for an alternative suffix to '-rooted'. The word combination will be with 'spiritually-...'. I'm thinking of using 'spiritually-rooted practice' but 'rooted' sounds so 'just-dropped'. On ...
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How do you know which suffix to use in order to make a verb be a noun?

How do you know which suffix to use in order to make a verb be a noun? For example: Let's look at the verb "admit". The noun is "admission" "achieve" the noun is "achievement" "arrange" the noun is "...
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What does the suffix '-fare' mean?

I am wondering what the suffix -fare means. I've seen a few words that possibly have this suffix, but I couldn't find a thing in common among them. There are some words: - warfare - airfare - ...
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What is the suffix of “feature”?

I am wondering what is the suffix of "feature". The wordinfo website does not list the suffix for this word. https://wordinfo.info/results?searchString=feature But it lists "-ure" as the suffix of "...
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What does the same-ish mean?

I encounter such a sentence in a homework assignment: It seems that the burn-in is adequate, that they are all converging to the same-ish posteriour value, and that there is good mixing. I don'...
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The spelling rule of -ment

It seems to add -ment suffix does not generally change the spelling of the base word: "mange" -> "management". However, I've just noticed that this is not the case for "argue"->"argument". I wonder ...
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Noun suffix with -ing or -tion [closed]

Which of the following words is correct and why? This helps discriminating/discrimination of objects...
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Is there a rule to know whether a verb needs an er to indicate an agent noun or doesn’t need it?

I know that most of verbs can be transformed into noun or thing, which does the action. But why are there many words that stay as they are and the suffix “er” cannot be attached to them. For ...
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Is there a general rule how to create feminine words?

Is there a general rule how to create feminine words? For example feminine from waiter is waitress, from actor – actress, etc. So, generally the ending -ess means the feminine form. But I’ve never ...
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Why do we say “a one-legged man”, with a final -ed, but also say “a one-person job” without?

Why do we say "a one-legged man", with a final "-ed", but also say "a one-person job" without the "-ed"? We also say: A two-minute walk. A six-hour flight. But then we say: A green-eyed ...
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How to use the suffix hood?

"hood" denoting a condition or quality when we use it as a suffix. For example, falsehood, neighborhood. But we don't say "truehood", "brotherhood". I'm wondering in what condition we can use "hood" ...
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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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The state of being read-only: readonlyness / readonliness

This word, spelled readonlyness, is used in the code of a project I'm working on. Readonliness seems to be a more logical spelling, as in ready - readily, beauty - beautiful, lonely - loneliness, etc. ...
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What makes such differences in English plural forms of nouns?

In this picture there are three groups of English plural forms: Some examples from this picture include: singular - plural singular - plural singular - plural book - books ...
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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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Gerund vs -ation suffix: preserving vs preservation

I want to say: The end of Modernist era's characteristic is preservation/preserving of historic buildings. Which is more appropriate? Do they have very different meanings? I think they could be ...
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How do you pronounce the plural of 'f" (f's)? Is it /efs/ or /evz/?

How do you pronounce the plural of 'f" (f's)? Is it /efs/ or /evz/? Are there any fixed rules?
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What is the meaning of 's in “eat at Joe's”?

When I learned English at school 's was described as the mark of possession, a case of genitive. But in the rhetorical Eat at Joe's, what does the 's mean exactly. Is it a shortcut for Joe's place or ...
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Confusion about suffix type of ''like''

Ex: 1)The illness causes chest pains and flu-like symptoms [suffix type of ''like''] 2)The illness causes chest pains and symptoms like flu. [preposition type of ''like''] İs there any difference ...
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Noun vs Suffixes '-ism' vs 'ity'

In his [Sir Stephen Sedley]'s view: The notion that the prime function of human rights and indeed the Rule of law is to protect the weak against the strong is not mere sentimentality....
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When is the suffix -tor and -ter used?

Can someone help me in understanding the suffix -tor and -ter? I am not able to understand it properly and I always mix the spelling like: "computor" when it should be computer "administrater" when ...
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“Israeli-like” or “Israel-like”?

I happened upon an old news footage in which Howard K. Smith said, [C]ivilized people are going to have to accept much more police security action and put up much tougher resistance, Israeli-like, ...
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Perfectionist as a noun and adverb?

I had to look up a word in English and was surprised at what I found. I wanted to know how to say that a person is to "perfectionistic" which isn´t a word, I know: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/...
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the correct way to name a system that help find something

Hi I want to do a promo spot for a system that helps people find services online, I want to use the word "Finder", but some people tell me that is only valid when referring to a person not to a "...
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What do you call an English lover?

Is there a single word for someone who loves the English language? Is it understandable to use Englishphile? Has the suffix -phile been used correctly?
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Show me the difference between the following suffixes?

Could you please show the difference in meaning of the suffix “-hood” and “-ship”, especially when they met at the same line to imply “a state or condition” To me, they both sound the same. For ...
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What role does a suffix plays in the meaning of an adjective? [closed]

I have seen the variants of different adjectives with different suffices being used in a sentence. Some of them are as: Source The opera was seen by a small and highly select audience. He ...
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Supressed suffix — possible?

In my native language we have a construct where we can omit suffixes from combined words to compress a sentence. For example, something like this: The juice is banana- and apple-based. Here the "-...
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How do native speaker understand suffix-forming nouns?

Even if native speakers who know what 'require' mean, if they meet this noun and adjective first 'requirement' and 'requisite', don't know what they mean exactly? and have to search the words in a ...
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Proper usage of the suffix 's in this sentence

So I was reading a post explaining a quote on ELU when I saw this sentence: "Caliban is indeed a character in a Shakespeare play." So my question is: Shouldn't the suffix 's be used on Shakespeare in ...
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The “-cal” suffix

In words physical, mathematical, chemical, etc. Does the -cal suffix mean a matter of or belonging to, or maybe concerning? With what words can we use it and why do some words change when we add -cal?...
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Are there any differences among suffixes 'er', 'or', 'ee', 'eer', and 'ist'?

I guess they are all 'agent markers'. As people obviously don't say 'actists' for actors so I guess they are not interchangeable. But where are the differences? e.g. -er: painter -or: creator -ee:...
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Can ing nouns substitute the already existing ones?

When there is an existing noun (as memorization) could we use the ing to form another one (memorizing)? If so, what would be the difference between the two concurrent nouns?
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Difference between similar words like “electric-electrical”?

What is the difference between words like: Electric-Electrical ? For example is it correct to say Electric engineer rather than Electrical ?
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'Boss Baby-esque' - is it legitimate?

That's from the article on 'The Boss Baby' cartoon I've just read: "... that newborn girl sits up and reveals that she's wearing her own Boss Baby-esque suit and tie..." What do you think about such ...
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Is it appropriate to use ish-suffix with languages? (ex. Englishish)

Is it appropriate to use ish-suffix for “it's sort of English but not quite”? Standard Russian order is “surname, first, patronymic”, because there is special abbreviation "ФИО". “first, patronymic,...
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What is the verb for amenable? [closed]

amenable has a suffix -able. Does it mean that the verb for amenable is amend? Thanks.
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Is adjective “backuped” correct?

I have a list of servers which should be backed up, but I don't know where they are, so a script tries to find them and logs this activity. I've put this phrase in my log facility and now I'm ...
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Is there an antonym(…) for “append”?

The dictionary says that the meaning of append is to attach something to the end of a document: append [uh-pend] 1. to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin: to append a note ...
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Softening suffixes in English

In Russian and we have a lot of different softening suffixes. Are there any in English? Like how would you rephrase as one word the following: a lovely chair, a most favorite small chair, a small ...
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What is the meaning and definition of “-scape”?

The words "landscape", "seascape", "cityscape", "spacescape", "sandscape", "skyscape" and many more https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:English_words_suffixed_with_-scape have a common -scape ...
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Core competency or core competence?

I've used an expression "core competency" for years and recently found out that it is correct to say "core competence", as in "growing vegetables is my core competence". Now I'm in doubt so I'm asking ...
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How are words ending “-ology”, “-onomy”, “-ography” pronounced?

My English teacher often corrects me on the correct pronunciation of these suffixes. She says these should be pronounced with the stress on the first O. I have heard many educated folks pronounce it ...
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When do we use the suffix -ness

I'm a bit confused with this -ness suffix. I never know when to apply it. For example this word got me confused : powerlessness. It looks like this suffix can be used in many cases. And I feel like ...
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Can we say 49 as 50-ish?

The suffix -ish simply defines almost, approximately. Can we say 49 as 50-ish when it is referring to numbers? Are 47,48,49,51,52,53 also referred to 50-ish?
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What does “Honeykins” mean?

I've heard someone, a native speaker, called his girl friend by "honeykins". Does it the same as "honey" or "darling"? Does it have special meaning other than those expressions?
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Fishy, Dishy: Adjectives used as nouns?

In the children song below, I'm bit confused on the two lines highlighted: Dance to your daddy My little baby Dance to your daddy My little lamb You will have a fishy In your little ...
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How were subject names decided and why?

I'm not sure if this question is okay to be posted to ell.se, as I don't know if it is obvious for native speakers or not, that: physics and mathematics both ends with '-ics', while sociology and ...