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suffix (something) onto (something else)

To add an affix onto the end of an existing word or stem in order to create a new word or an inflectional ending. The most common way to form the past tense is by suffixing "-ed" onto a verb. You can make certain nouns feminine by suffixing "-ette" onto the end of them.
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suffix something onto something

to add an inflection or other part of a word onto another word. The students were told to suffix the correct plural marker onto all the nouns in the list. What do you get when you suffix -ed onto a verb like talk?
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Apart from doublets and triplets, there is one suffixal 'quadruplet', involving the suffixes -NESS, -HOOD, -LAC and -SHIP in the words fairnes(se, fairhede, fair-lek and fairshipe.
The suffixal nature of such prosodies is also seen in the oft-cited case of Chaha, a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia:
Only three forms in the collected data have /?/ or /e/ in the suffixal reduplicant (forms (g-i) below).
In quantitative terms, these suffixal forms enter further affxal derivations (129 instances) as well as compounding processes (278 instances).
The verb in Ikalanga comprises of the verb root (VR) which hosts (suffixal) extensions such as those shown in example (3):
Yadav's description (1996: 1641), in that language the suffixal element -ih- is restricted to the imperative mood, where its presence distinguishes the future (e.g., hau sunar 15 ghar dekh-ih-ah "0 Sunar, have an eye on the house") from the present (e.g., (to) cal-ah "(You) go!").
Overall, there is no doubt that the formation of Old English nouns is mainly the product of compounding and, when it results from affixation, it is clearly suffixal.
The figure is high not only in comparison with prefixed adverbs, but also with respect to the total number of adverbs: around forty percent of adverbs are suffixal. Instances of adverb suffixation include:
This makes it possible to attribute the loss of TAM prior to AGR to a structural constraint * MultSuff, which penalizes expression of TAM in the presence of another suffix (e.g., the suffixal nominalizer).
Suffixal forms include the following suffixes: -le, -er, -ure, -(i)an, -ion, -ness, and -y.
I am unable to present a comprehensive overview and will limit myself to the following examples dealing mostly with suffixal adaptation of borrowed adjectives: Czech (Karlik et al.
The -ci element hardly ever occurred in a suffixal function two or three hundred years ago, while -lma/-lmo, for instance, was a highly frequent suffix at the end of the 18th and at the beginning of the 19th century, but has become much less common by now.
Middle Mongolian has seven indicative endings: suffixal elements that close a predicate and can be used freely with subjects of all three persons.