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    Red face Two directions with different suffixes

    Here, I have encountered several special cases with suffixes. The general rule is that the root has different definitions. After adding suffixes, the derived words share different meanings. Could you kindly using your knowledge of words to help me collecting more similar groups of words? It is difficult to find one from flapping through dictionaries.

    E.g.
    respect-respectable-respectful-*respective; in this group, after adding -tive, the meaning of the root(respect) changes to the second definition of respect (=aspect).

    The other one I know is: success-successful-*succession (derived from succeed)

    You know it really troubles me --a EFL learner.
    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Two directions with different suffixes

    Quote Originally Posted by gxiang View Post
    The general rule is that the root has different definitions.
    I'm afraid there is no 'general rule', The meanings of some root + suffix combinations are fairly transparent; the meanings of others are not. The only reasonably reliable way of finding the meanings of such words is to use a dictionary.

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