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    suffix -ery

    Dear teachers,

    The suffix -ery is a noun-forming suffix. But what about the word "slippery"? Here the word is an adjective!
    Are there any other words that are adjectives with this suffix?

    Thanks.

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    Re: suffix -ery

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    The suffix -ery is a noun-forming suffix. But what about the word "slippery"? Here the word is an adjective!
    Are there any other words that are adjectives with this suffix?

    Thanks.
    What makes you say that "ery" is a noun forming suffix? There are many adjectives ending in "ery".

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    Re: suffix -ery

    Hi,
    I have checked some dictionaries! and several online sites. Would you please give me some examples of adjectives?

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    Re: suffix -ery

    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    Hi,
    I have checked some dictionaries! and several online sites. Would you please give me some examples of adjectives?
    Before we start providing examples, please supply the information you have gleaned from dictionaries and "several online sites" to show that "-ery" is a noun-forming suffix. Please give the names of the sites and, where possible, a link to the relevant page.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: suffix -ery

    Also note that -ery is often actually two suffixes if you're doing a morphological analysis.
    bake -> baker -> bakery. -er and -y are suffixes.

    "The suffix first occurs in loans from Old French into Middle English, but becomes productive within English by the 16th century, in some instances properly a combination of -er with
    -y as in bakery, brewery, but also as a single suffix in terms like slavery, machinery."
    -ery - Wiktionary

    Also, just because -ery can be a noun-forming suffix, which I wouldn't contest, that doesn't mean it's always a noun-forming suffix, or even as I've said, one suffix at all.


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    Re: suffix -ery

    Adjectives ending -ery:

    flowery, blustery, feathery, coppery, buttery...to name but a few.

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    Re: suffix -ery

    Hi Rover_KE,
    These words that you have provided are not the ones I need because "flowery" is "flower+-y" and not "flower+-ery"!!!! This also applies to the other words!

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    Re: suffix -ery

    -ery | Define -ery at Dictionary.com
    -ery - definition of -ery by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Also if you look at Longman or Collins dictionaries, they also say that "-ery" is a noun-making suffix!!!!

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