Questions tagged [suffixes]

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

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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 ...
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Rules for pronouncing prefixes and suffixes

I'm hoping 'this' is the right place, as my attempt on the Linguistic site failed miserably (it was moved to the ELL site, here -> Phonetic transcription of English prefixes and suffixes). In case '...
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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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What's the deal with verbs ending in -ise/-ize? [duplicate]

This has confused me to no end. Often, I find myself unable to figure out how to spell a verb simply because of the -ise/-ize ending. I see verbs such as realise, strategize and other words such as ...
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What kind of words can be formed using the word -preneur?

I have seen many words ending with preneur like entrepreneur, intrapreneur,edupreneur,ideapreneur. I think many word can be formed using the word -preneur. But I don't know for what kind of nouns ...
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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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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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“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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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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Can I place suffixes and prefixes whenever it seems correct?

When I speak English, it is often necessary to use the adverb or noun form of a certain word. However, even when it seems more suitable in a given situation or context, I don't use a prefix or suffix ...
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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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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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Meaning of “-esque”?

Does "-esque" mean something? For example, grotesque, arabesque, burlesque, picaresque, and picturesque
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? ...