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pronuntiation words ending in -age



Vanessa G L
Spain

pronuntiation words ending in -age
 

can somebody tell me the rule that explains why ords endind in age have different endinds

ex. graduate (vb)/ graduate (noum)

20 Mar 2009      



Vanessa G L
Spain

sorry you are right! i misspelt it
the title to my question should be
 suffixs ending in -ate

20 Mar 2009     



Jayho
Australia

Hey, good question.  Here s what I found:
 
The suffix ate is added to it s root grade to make graduate which can be a noun and a verb.
 
ate as a  suffix generally means
 
1. noun - office of e.g. delegate, directorate, emirate etc
2. verb- to do, to make, to cause, or to act upon; to do something with e.g. aerate, allocate, deviate, abbreviate etc
 
It can also be in adjectives.
 
Check out these links for more info:
 
 
 
 
Cheers
 
Jayho
 
 

21 Mar 2009     



mendiv
United States

I don t know if there s a "rule" about this, but, as a native English speaker, I believe that the nouns have the schwa (uh) sound and the verbs have the long /a/ sound.

25 Mar 2009