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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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suffix: -acea, -aceae (any difference of pronunciation and the right pronunciation?) [closed]

-acea, -aceae What is the right pronunciation? What is the difference?
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About the word "agitate" [closed]

I learned that "ag" means "do" or "act", and "-ate" is a suffix which represents this is a verb. Then what does the "it" mean? Is it just a simple ...
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Suffix question -ive, -tive, -ative and -ion, -tion, -ation

It looks as if there's a rule of suffix change between -ive and -ion, -tive and -tion, -ative and -ation. Is it a constant rule? I know the relationship between -ize, -ism and -ist. Is there any other ...
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Is there a difference between "communistic" and "communist"?

According to the dictionary, communistic of, characteristic of, or relating to communism communist of, characterized by, favouring, or relating to communism; communistic I am struggling to ...
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Is "so" in "so-called" a prefix or root?

I have to divide this compound word into morphemes and identify the root and affixes. I would do it this way: so + call [Free Root] + -ed [derivational suffix]. However, I'm not sure if I should ...
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Is there a pattern for -able verbs turning into -ible?

So there is the -able suffix for verbs, but some verbs take -ible instead. Is there a rule for which verbs would take which form? Perhaps depending on the pronounciation of the verb?
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Semantic (or Semantical) Difference Between Adjectives Ending With "-ic" and "-ical" [duplicate]

I have seen some adjectives, having the same roots, ending "-ic" and "-ical" without understanding any semantic(al) difference between them, for example, semantic vs. semantical ...
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Do I have the option of adding or not adding an 's' to the word administration when it is already plural? [closed]

Question: about ‘administration’ since it is singular and plural. Since the word is already plural, do I have the option of writing the last word as ‘administration’ or ‘administrations’ Sentence One: ...
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How do suffixes -ed & -ing work in adjectives?

I kinda confuse about these suffixes and how they work. for example: Closed places vs. Close places "Close" can be adj., v. and I've been taught that when adding -ed to a verb, it'll become ...
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How to call residents in a country, state, city, etc. Is there any rule regarding which suffix to add?

Words ending with a suffix "an" such as American, European, and Asian are a good example of referring people living in or born in a certain place. Likewise, the suffix "er" is also ...
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Can a sound or phoneme be an affix?

I was thinking that a sound or phoneme might go on, after, or before a word like the sound 'oh' going after the word 'that' or 'game' which might make the words 'thatoh' or 'gameoh' So I thought or ...
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Is "drawable" a correct word?

In French, we have the word "dessinable" which is an adjective for something that can be "dessiné" or in English that can be drawn. However, when I search the term "drawable&...
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What is the agent noun for verbs ending in -y?

What is the correct way of spelling it, and what would the rule be for -y verbs like retry. Is it retryer or retrier? That is, on -y verbs, is the y kept or substituted by i?
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Is "triggerer" correct, or is there some other word to identify the person who triggered something?

This might sound a bit silly, but I'm writing a program, and I'm looking for a way to name a variable which contains the entity that triggered a certain process. I googled around a bit, and there are ...
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Do the British use words like "batso" or "nutso"?

Today I encountered the word "batso" and I understood from context it meant "crazy". It interested me because it sounds like an Italian word "pazzo" which means "...
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Pronunciation of adjectives ending with "-ate" [closed]

Legitimate How should I pronounce it? It's confusing me. There are so many vocabularies of adjectives ending with "ate" as in meet or as in "it" : like "tim -it" as in ...
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Why is there a 'p' in "assumption" but not in "assume"?

I know a little bit about the suffix -tion. It is usually added to verbs. Examples: -domination (from dominate), -admiration (admire), -deviation (deviate), -ejection (eject). "Exemption (...
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Why "admit" with T but "admissible" with SS?

I just noticed that when the suffix -ible is added to "admit", it becomes "admissible" rather than "admittible". There are few other examples: "omit" = "...
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Pronunciation rules for "CH" and "arch-"

Yesterday I was watching Pokémon where I encountered this word "archenemy". It is definitely not the first time I am hearing it, though it is the first time I am putting thought into it. ...
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Is "envisageable" a legitimate English adjective?

I am wondering If I can say (self-made example) Given the growth rate of the job market, a better future is envisageable. I searched about it and it looks, it is basically a French term. So, I am not ...
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Biometric vs Biometrical [closed]

Try to google this but doesn't seem it's been created before. I'm wondering which one I should use between BiometricWorker or BiometricalWorker. What are the differences between Biometric and ...
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Suffix -al in adjectives

I would be grateful to know how suffix -al affects the meaning of an adjective, i.e. music - musical or academic - academical? Specific rules are informative, but I want to see the whole picture.
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adding "ness" always make an adjective to a noun

Is it always possible to add ness at the end of adjective to make them noun?
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-gate meaning scandal [duplicate]

Does the suffix -gate necessarily refer to a political scandal? Can it refer to a scandal involving large businesses but no government officials? Could burgergate refer to a scandal in which a ...
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What does "Be-ness" and "Is-ness" mean [closed]

In a book about spirituality the author uses the words "I-ness", "is-ness" and "be-ness". These words aren't in my dictionary. How can I understand words like "be-ness", can I add "-ness" to the end ...
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-es vs -ing suffix

Being notoriously picky with my choice of words, I have come to a realization that by attaching the -ing suffix to a verb i.e. compare reduces the clarity. Whereas using "compares" is far more precise....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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 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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