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    • Join Date: Jul 2008
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    how can I use the -less and -ness??

    I would like to know how and when can I use the ending less and ness.


    • Join Date: Apr 2008
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    Re: how can I use the -less and -ness??

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronbrazil View Post
    I would like to know how and when can I use the ending less and ness.
    Hi!
    1)One can use suffix -ness with adjectives to make nouns that will bear a meaning of "a state or quality". E.g. Happiness (derived from the adj. "happy"+suffix "ness"-the state of being happy; straightforwardness -straightforward+ness -the quality of being clear and honest etc.
    2)Suffix -less basically means "without". It is used with nouns: E.g. Hopeless-the noun "hope" +suffix "less" acquires the meaning of "lacking hope"; heartless -the noun "heart"+suffix "less" possesses the meaning of "lacking compassion, being cold"
    Cheers,
    Mariya


    • Join Date: Jul 2008
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    Re: how can I use the -less and -ness??

    Many thanks!! This was really helpful to me.

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