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    Difference between suffixes and endings

    I jotted down lecture notes, and they explain the difference in the following way:

    - suffixes: connected with semantics, with meaning. They can change grammar category (unlike endings).
    - endings: connected with syntax.

    Providing the above is true, can you please give me an example of each of these? I have one but not sure to which group it belongs to:

    dom-ek

    Dom is equivalent to english house, while domek simply means a small house. So is ek a suffix or an ending?

    Thank you for any help.

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    Re: Difference between suffixes and endings

    Are you trying to apply an English grammar rule to a non-English word?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Difference between suffixes and endings

    Quote Originally Posted by bester View Post
    - suffixes: connected with semantics, with meaning. They can change grammar category (unlike endings).
    - endings: connected with syntax.

    Providing the above is true, .
    I don't think it is true. 'Ending' is not a grammatical term. Suffixes may be derivational, changing one type of word into another, for example. noun to adjective - father + ly = fatherly, or inflectional, changing some form of grammatical category such as case, number, tense, etc, for example, present to past - like + d = liked.

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    Re: Difference between suffixes and endings

    Hello, bester.

    I'm from Russia, Moscow.
    In our language there is this word (dom), but small house we call домик (domik).
    dom - it's a root of word
    ik - it's a suffix.


    I think that your word "domek" has analogy structure.
    Last edited by Nicklexoxo; 06-Jun-2013 at 01:08.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: Difference between suffixes and endings

    Quote Originally Posted by bester View Post
    Providing the above is true
    It's not a distinction I have come across in English.

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    Re: Difference between suffixes and endings

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    As far as I can understand and if it's the same case as in Polish then domek it's diminutive form of dom.
    D
    iminutives aren't standard part of the English language.
    The one time I came across the term endings was while reading a book about Polish grammar in English and it was used as an umbrella term for any morphological changes at the end of a word.
    The distinction between suffixes and endings is sometimes made in proto-indo-european language.
    cheers.

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