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The Shun Words

English for Israel The Shun Words

What the heck are the shun words?

Approximately 2,000 words in the English language end with the suffix tion, which is pronounced shun.

This suffix is very productive in English and is used to form nouns from verbs.

The grammatical effect of adding tion to a verb is to nominalize the verb, turning it into a noun that denotes the action, process, or result of what the verb describes.

Here are some examples illustrating this effect.

  • Act (verb) → Action (noun)

Verb They act quickly in emergencies.

Noun Their quick action saved lives.

  • Create (verb) → Creation (noun)

Verb She creates beautiful artwork.

Noun Her creation was displayed in the gallery.

  • Inform (verb) → Information (noun)

Verb The guide will inform you about the exhibit.

Noun The information was very helpful.

  • Produce (verb) → Production (noun)

Verb They produce high-quality goods.

Noun The production of these goods requires skill.

  • Protect (verb) → Protection (noun)

Verb Laws are made to protect citizens.

Noun These laws provide protection for everyone.

This transformation is a key feature of English word formation and greatly expands the language's ability to express complex ideas and actions succinctly.

Here are four commonly used English words that end with tion (shun) and have similar meanings, typically related to the concept of causing something to happen or bringing something into existence.

Formation ~ The process of forming or creating something.

Generation ~ The act of producing or creating something.

Construction ~ The act of building or assembling something.

Foundation ~ The basis of something that is created or established.

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