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    bistenes is offline Newbie
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    Default Suffixes: -al following -ic

    In a word ending in -ic followed by -al, does it make any difference to the meaning, function, or any relevant aspect of the word to knock off that last suffix?

    For example, is there any actual difference between "philosophic" and "philosophical," or does one just arbitrarily have another suffix tacked on? Same with "hypothetic" and "hypothetical" (the former of which many nonsensically don't even recognize as a word), "lyric" and "lyrical," etc.

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    Default Re: Suffixes: -al following -ic

    It depends on the word. If you knock the -al off "musical," you change the word from an adjective to a noun...

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    Default Re: Suffixes: -al following -ic

    somtimes it changes the part of speech of the word

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: Suffixes: -al following -ic

    There can be- historic/historical. for instance.

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