What is -an skill in Indonesian course?

I don’t know what it is. All the words with -an seem normal, nothing grammatically unusual about them. (I’d be grateful if Rick39236 came along and helped me as usual :). )

Thanks for any answers, I’d appreciate them, DanielvanD18
August 13, 2019


The -an suffix is used to derive nouns from verbs/adjectives. Have a look at this discussion. :)

August 13, 2019

Ok thanks! So without the -an it would be (for example) run -the verb- and with it it’d be a run —the noun?

August 13, 2019

Ok, I finally get it!

August 14, 2019

in case of "lari" (run) no.

Lari/berlari: to run

Berlarian: to run in random directions

August 19, 2019

Yes, -an is rarely added to ber- verbs. Larian = runway ... still a noun, but not the noun version of run.

August 19, 2019

How do I say ‘a run’, the noun?

August 22, 2019

Lari is a verb and noun.

August 23, 2019


Lari pagi = morning run Lari marathon = marathon run

August 27, 2019

"Larian" does not have any meaning, it is never used in Indonesian language...

August 27, 2019

-an usually adds to a verb or adjective to form a noun. Makan+an = food. When added to a noun the result is usually another noun related to the first. Murah becomes murahan ... cheap becomes low quality. -an can also be added to duplicated words; however, I would just focus on the other two uses a TV his stage.

August 17, 2019

Is there a way to figure out the base word? Or do I just have to know more vocabulary?

August 22, 2019

Base words will slowly become familiar and there are patterns to the affixes; however some words will look like a bad word with an affix but turn out to be a regular word. E.g kat = paint; but berkat = blessing.

August 22, 2019

Thanks, I suppose I will just spend more time learning more words. I’m going well, can’t wait to be very good!

August 23, 2019

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    Rick does not seem to realize that some English speakers say "I am prettier than she" rather than "I am prettier than her." After eleven months and multiple reports, he still insists that everyone must write "I am prettier than her" in English. I would call that arrogance. It has to be obvious by now that both are acceptable.

    August 26, 2019

    Rick has an amazing understanding of languages; however, in this case he is wrong. Both are acceptable. I am prettier than she (is) has become less used as the more colloquial 'than her' has become more common. 'her' should be used as a possessive pronoun in standard grammar; however common usage does not always follow standard grammar. We need to always recognise that language has a purpose ... to communicate ... and both versions do that. Anyway, rather than complain, be thankful for all the work Rick does for us.

    September 7, 2019
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