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    Hi,

    I've learned that you can change a noun to a verb using suffix "ise" "ify" "ate" and "en" but how do I know which type of noun is changed to which suffix? Is there a rule?

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    Default Re: Changing Nouns to Verbs

    The safest rule for learners is 'Don't'. Words are used in different functions by native speakers every day, sometimes with prefixes and/or suffixes, sometimes without. Some, in time, come into the standard language; many don't. Learners should confine themselves to words they see and hear actually used, in my opinion.
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    Default Re: Changing Nouns to Verbs

    My teacher in the academy has told us about the suffix but I thought - how do I know which suffix to add to which noun? For example if the noun ends with "ion" do I always use the suffix "ise" like television & televise?

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    Default Re: Changing Nouns to Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The safest rule for learners is 'Don't'. Words are used in different functions by native speakers every day, sometimes with prefixes and/or suffixes, sometimes without. Some, in time, come into the standard language; many don't. Learners should confine themselves to words they see and hear actually used, in my opinion.
    This is the only safe rule. As the man said (in a different context)

    Be not the first on whom the new is tried.
    Nor be the last to cast the old aside.

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    Default Re: Changing Nouns to Verbs

    So I just have to guess or hope that I always have a dictionary with me.

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    Default Re: Changing Nouns to Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post
    So I just have to guess or hope that I always have a dictionary with me.
    Well, I.m afraid so. To liquidize is to turn into a liquid, but to lionize is not to turn into a lion!

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    Thank you!!!

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