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Doubling affixes

EpicRouge
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Saluton al vi, esperantistoj!

I was wondering if it was acceptable to add an affix to a root more than once. For example:

Monto Mountain

Monteto Hill

Monteteto Mound

I honestly have no clue!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
mizinamo
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In general, yes.

My favourite example is from a story where a king said something like "Mi povas vin enkatenigigi!"

kateno = chain
enkatenigi = to chain up (en + katen- + -ig + -i)
enkatenigigi = to have someone chained up (en + katen- + -ig + -ig + -i)

So the king wouldn't cast the person in chains himself but he would order someone else to do so - so you have two "ig" suffixes in the same verb.

Theoretically, he could even tell his viceroy to order the prison master to cast the person in chains: enkatenigigigi. (But it starts to get ridiculous after a while.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/svartoyg

Yes, one can use affixes multiple times. However it wouldn't make sense in all cases. But "-et-" is applicable as many times as you want.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MikaelMello
MikaelMello
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All I know is that: praavino = great-grandmother, while praprapraavino = great-great-great-grandmother, maybe that's true for this case too

3 years ago
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