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In grammar, a suffix — a form of affix — follows the morpheme to which it attaches. Suffixes can be inflectional or derivational. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Suffix. ... Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... An affix that comes either after the base morpheme or another suffix. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Look up suffix, Appendix:Suffixes in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the rules of English grammar, see English grammar and Disputes in English grammar. ... Look up affix in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In morpheme-based morphology, a morpheme is the smallest lingual unit that carries a semantic interpretation. ... Inflection of the Spanish lexeme for cat, with blue representing the masculine gender, pink representing the feminine gender, grey representing the form used for mixed-gender, and green representing the plural number. ... In linguistics, derivation is the process of creating new lexemes from other lexemes, for example, by adding a derivational affix. ...


An inflectional suffix is sometimes called a desinence.[1]


Suffixes appear as additions at the end of a word or at the end of part of a word.


Suffixes used in English frequently have Greek, French or Latin origins. For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ...


Grammatical function

A suffix can have a grammatical (derivational or inflectional) function. In this example: Look up derivation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Inflection or inflexion refers to a modification or marking of a word (or more precisely lexeme) so that it reflects grammatical (i. ...

The weather forecaster said it would be clear today, but I can't see clearly at all.

The suffix -ly modifies the root-word clear to make it from an adjective into an adverb. The root is the primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. ... In grammar, an adjective is a word whose main syntactic role is to modify a noun or pronoun (called the adjectives subject), giving more information about what the noun or pronoun refers to. ... Adverbs redirects here. ...


Semantic function

Alternatively, a suffix can have a semantic function. In this example:

The weather forecter said it would be a clear day today, but I think it's more like clearish!

the suffix -ish modifies the root-word clear, changing its meaning to "clear, but not very clear"


See also

  • Category:Suffixes

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What is a suffix? (74 words)
A suffix is an affix that is attached to the end of a root or stem.
The past tense suffix -ed attaches to the end of the stem walk to form the past tense verb walked.
This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library, Version 5.0 published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 2003.
The American Heritage® Book of English Usage. 1996. Page 248 (546 words)
It comes from the Greek noun suffix -ismos and means roughly “the act, state, or theory of.” Nouns that end in -ism often have related verbs that end in -ize (criticism/criticize), related agent nouns that end in -ist (optimism/optimist), and related adjectives that end in -istic (optimistic).
The suffix -ist, which comes from the Greek suffix -istes, forms agent nouns, that is, nouns that denote someone who does something.
The suffix -less comes from the Old English suffix -leas, from the word leas, meaning “without.” In Old English and Middle English, -less was often used to convey the negative or opposite of words ending in -ful, as in careful/careless and fearful/fearless.
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