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What Does The Suffix -ment Mean?

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If you have a question that reads

I was greatful for her encouragement.
Is the answer
a. One who encourages
b. Act of encouraging
c. In an encouraging way
d. Result of encouraging
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Aun Jafery answered
The word "ment" is a suffix used in the English language. It is used in the formation of nouns from verbs. The resultant noun gets the sense of being the result or action of what the verb was denoting in the first place. For example abridge and abridgement. Abridge is the verb describing making something concise and abridgement is the resultant concise form. The word is taken from the Latin word "-mentum". A synonym of the suffix "ment" can be "-tion" as this suffix also performs a similar function for a different set of verbs and nouns. The French language uses the suffix "-ment" as well, but here the object is to form adverbs.

M.Ent. is the abbreviation for the Master of Enterprise degree offered by the University of Manchester.
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Akshay Kalbag answered
The suffix -ment is a suffix which is added at the end of those nouns which are often concrete. In other words, they denote an action or a resulting state, a product or means. Some common examples of nouns which end in the suffix -ment which are often used to denote an action or a result state are the nouns abridgement and refreshment.

A common example of a noun which ends in the suffix -ment which is often used to denote a product is the noun fragment. A common example of a noun which ends in the suffix -ment which is often used to denote means is the noun ornament.

The suffix -ment is a suffix which is added at the end of those nouns which are used to denote an action or a process, the result of an action or a process or the means, instrument or agent who is responsible for an action or a process. .
thanked the writer.
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Anonymous commented
-ment is a derivational morpheme, and is only semi-productive. i don't think it's sensible to generalize on derivational affixes as generally don't carry a set meaning, as opposed to inflectional morphemes which by definition are highly generalized and fully productive.

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