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-(t)ion suffix?

Postby googl » Mon Oct 04, 2004 7:08 am

Is there a -tion suffix in Engish? Or is it -ion? I found that we've got a -tion suffix in English, but it looks

calculate + ion -> calculation, calculate + tion -> calculatetion

awful. Or is is -ation: examine -> examination???
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Postby Alan » Mon Oct 04, 2004 7:44 am

We would typically regard '-tion' as the suffix, but in many cases that which we are actually adding may be no more than the letters 'ion', and even then we may have to first omit a final 'e'.

It is wise not to expect too much predictability/regularity in English word-formation!
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