Chinese Grammar: Lesson: Chinese suffix -化 and -性
Suffix General Rules
A Chinese suffix is called 后缀, and you put it right after a word like you'll do in English. Unlike prefix, there's quite a lot of suffix in Chinese. It's quite similar to the basic rules and characteristics of the prefix. However, if you add a suffix after an adjective or a noun, it can change its word type. Amazing right? Let’s look at these particular suffixes -化 and 性.
Rules for the Suffix -化
If you add -化 after an adjective or a noun, you can change the word to a verb. You can understand it as “-ize or -ify” in English, and it exactly means the same!
Unlike Chinese prefix often form a disyllabic word, the suffix is free to create either a disyllabic word or a polysyllabic word.
Noun/Adjective + 化
But this one:
You can understand it as “-ness or -ity” in English to express the essence and the property of something.
Word + 性
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