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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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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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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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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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“-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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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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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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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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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?