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    when do I use the suffixes ic, al or ary in word and why

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    Default Re: suffixes ic, al or ary

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    when do I use the suffixes ic, al or ary in word and why
    ic (adjective suffix)
    1. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to"; Cyrillic acidic
    Suffix
    -al
    1. of or pertaining to; adjectival suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also. line, lineal base, basal cranium, cranial
    2. Forming nouns, especially of verbal action. e.g. rival, proposal, denial

    Usage notes

    If the root word ends in l, the variant -ar is often used instead. Sometimes both forms are found: linear, lineal.

    Suffix
    -ar
    1. Of, near, or pertaining to; adjective suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also. line, linear alveolus, alveolar column, columnar

    Usage notes

    If the root word ends in r, the variant -al is often used instead. Sometimes both forms are used: linear, lineal.

    Suffix
    -ary
    1. of or pertaining to; adjective suffix appended to various words, often nouns, to make an adjective form. Often added to words of Latin origin, but used with other words also. order, ordinary
    2. (mathematics) having the specified arity.
      • 1927. A. D. Campbell, "The discriminant of the m-ary quadratic in the Galois fields of order 2n". Annals of Mathematics, Second Series 29:1-4.
      • 2007. Philippe Leroux, "A simple symmetry generating operads related to rooted planar m-ary trees and polygonal numbers". Journal of Integer Sequences 10:4.

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