Select Page

Adjectives: Beware of suffixes -ical and -ic

One of the ways to form an adjective is to add the suffix ~ic or ~ical. There is no clear rule about when to use which. As a rule of thumb, many of the older nouns have the ~ical adjective, while most of the newer ones have ~ic suffix. The suffix ~ic or ~ical means...

it is “-er” always

Everyone aware of the US/UK variant in spellings is well aware that words ending in “-er” in US spelling end in “-re” in UK spelling. For example, “fiber” and “fibre”; “titer” and “titre”. One...