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Author Topic: adding -er to verbs?  (Read 160 times)

TheAsh

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adding -er to verbs?
« on: November 07, 2018, 08:10:52 AM »
Can er be added to any verb? For example, someone can toe the line, is he a toer?

mmcbs

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Re: adding -er to verbs?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 08:53:15 AM »
"Unusual" word forms are generally not accepted. I think the acid test is would you ever use the word in a sentence or see it in a newspaper article. So GOER, is OK because people are concert goers, but you would never call someone to toed the line a "Line toer" (at least I wouldn't).
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA
https://crosswordsbymark.wordpress.com/

AndersonG

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Re: adding -er to verbs?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2018, 07:41:47 AM »
So basically there aren't exactly hard rules on this but it's best not to do that when you're not absolutely sure it's a widely used term?

mmcbs

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Re: adding -er to verbs?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2018, 05:00:08 PM »
Check for usage in current crosswords, and also sources like Google News, and the general rule is always "if in doubt, leave it out".
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA
https://crosswordsbymark.wordpress.com/

 


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