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Questions tagged [suffixes]

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

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NumerICs vs numerALs, what is the difference if any?

I looked up MW but failed to see whether they are interchangeable. On a daily basis I find difficulties in adjective forming, so I guess this is just one more of the -IC versus -AL dilemmas, no?
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Adjectives with and without -ly [duplicate]

Are there adjectives in English that are still adjectives when adding -ly to it? More precisely, I mean words that would be originally adjectives, and that would still be adjectives when adding the -...
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When to use -al vs -ing

If I have a verb that I want turned into a noun, should I use -al sufix or -ing? Example: For verb "to archive", should it be "archiving" or "archival" ? Hence, should I say "Document archiving is ...
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Traditional vs Traditionalistic

In general, what are the similarities and differences between two adjectives, the root of which is X, with these forms: X-al vs X-alist vs X-alistic? What's this phenomenon called? What are the ...
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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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Does -wich suffix have a meaning?

Does -wich suffix (as in Greenwich, sandwich, etc.) have a meaning?
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Words that differ only in the suffices -cal vs -able

Predicated on practicable vs practical, is there a more general theme or lesson or motif to be learned? What are the similarities and differences between two words with the same root X but differ in ...
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Use of the suffix -ish

He is a nice enough boy - Rather Jimmy Olesenish I thought. He's an honest man, rather Lincolnesque in his manner. She has an unreal figure, rather Barbieish in its proportions! Can anyone ...
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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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Plural of Nouns or Plurals of Noun

Mostly we add "s" to the noun to mean it as plural, but not for all of them. Is there any rule for adding s / es / some thing else. I mentioned few words for Understanding. Eg : Dog - Dogs Knife - ...
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Is the “-ney” in “hackney” a diminutive suffix?

Is the "-ney" in "hackney" a diminutive suffix? What are some other words with the same suffix? Honey, Whitney,...?
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Is “-que” the same as “-ck”?

Is -que the same as -ck? Does it mean something different? For example, is cheque the same as check?
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Meaning of “-esque”?

Does "-esque" mean something? For example, grotesque, arabesque, burlesque, picaresque, and picturesque
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Prefix and Suffix issue (second part)

I'm developing an application in English language but my English is not very good. The application consists in to load a text file, specify a prefix and a suffix, then when the file is loaded and the ...
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Prefix and Suffix issue

My question is simple, is there a known reason why the word "prefix" has only one "f" but the word "suffix" has two, "ff"?
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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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The suffixes “-ridden” and “-infested”

We say compounds like "mosquito-ridden" and "shark-infested", but I haven't heard "mosquito-infested" or "shark-ridden". My question is that can we use the suffixes "-ridden" and "-infested" ...
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“-ic” vs “-ical”, which to use

Is there a rule about when an adjective should end with "ic" or "ical"? Geometr-ic Analyt-ical Theoret-ical Kinet-ic
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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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What does it precisely mean that the suffix -ship “denotes a state of being”?

Over two decades, she enjoyed a memorable and mystifying acquaintanceship with Ramirez. Does it precisely mean that the suffix -ship "denotes a state of being"? After having read that definition, I ...
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Are there cases in which “empiric” and “empirical” are not interchangeable?

On stackoverflow.com I found 3 instances of empiric solution and 4 instances of empirical solution. What does this mean, if it means something—perhaps empiric and empirical are completely ...
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“Diabolic” vs. “Diabolical”

Is there a context where diabolic is not a synonym of diabolical, or vice versa? Diabolic's definition: adj. Showing wickedness typical of a devil. Diabolical's definiton adj. Of, ...
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Are words ending in -ly adverbs?

Adverbs often end in -ly. But the word friendly is not an adverb, is it? A friendly advice is incorrect, but a friendly person is correct. Is the word friendly very unusual or are there many non-...
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Why do some words end with -or and others with -er or -ar?

Some words end with -or: Resistor Capacitor Transistor Others end with -er: Compiler Driver Speaker Or with -ar: Beggar Liar Why is this the case? Is there a ...
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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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Under what circumstances does an adverb not get -ly?

I learned in school that it's correct to say really good. On the internet I've also seen real good. Is this grammatically incorrect, or are there particular circumstances under which this is correct? ...
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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 ...