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    Default Can I plus "y" to any Noun to make a new meaningful word?

    The transition can be as below:
    shade-shady
    fish-fishy
    boss-bossy
    ...
    So can I just add the letter "y" after ANY noun to creat a new word that is meaningful?
    If somebody looks like a leader, can I say he is leadery?
    Or if something looks like a cat, can I say it's caty?

    Thank you very much~~

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    Default Re: Can I plus "y" to any Noun to make a new meaningful word?

    The short answer is no you can't; 'catty' with two 't's' exists but it doesn't mean 'catlike'.

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