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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. :) https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28609233


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


-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.


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

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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.


    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.

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