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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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Thus the fact that languages exhibit a suffixing preference ...
(1998) suggest that reduplicants tend to appear on the opposite side of the root from the direction of affixation: a reduplicant tends to be prefixed if the relevant domain (stem, word) is predominantly suffixing; contrarily, a reduplicant tends to be suffixed if the relevant domain is predominantly prefixing.
(11) Three-out-of-four correlations of affix-alignment with reduplicant-alignment RED-Base Base-RED Prefixing [check] [check] Suffixing [check] ?
As seen, prefixal reduplication should be free to occur whether the domain is predominantly prefixing or suffixing, whereas suffixal reduplication should be disproportionately disfavored when the domain is predominantly suffixing.
suffixing. An alternative approach would be to look in some depth at languages which are specifically selected for their rich affixation systems.
Integrating diachronic and processing principles in explaining the suffixing preference.