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  1. Anonymous

    Verbal confusion

    Dear sir/madam,
    I have some queries regarding the use of words like "prandial" "temporal" etc.
    1.What is the correct term for these words?(adjective of some sort, I suspect.)
    2.Where could I find a complete list of such words?
    3.Are there any rules for the formation of these words? They all seem to end in "al" but this ending seems to be appended to strange roots.
    4.Meal is to prandial as lesson is to ??????.
    Please help if at all possible as this is driving me crazy!!
    Thanking you in advance,
    Philip O'Grady (icthyosaur)
    P.S. If there are any grammatical or other mistakes in this message could you please point them out to me. Thank you.

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    The words prandial and temporal are indeed adjectives. (By the way, postprandial means after a meal. If you wish to find all the adjectives that end in al, try Onelook. (Go to:

    Many words that end in al are adjectives. Many are not.

    Meal is to prandial as lesson is to instructional.


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