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Is there a general rule for changing verbs into nouns?

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Is there a general rule for changing verbs into nouns using miento? For example: to suffer (sufrir) into suffering (sufrimiento). Herir (to wound) into herimiento (the wound).

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updated ENE 14, 2010
posted by mark566

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I don´t think there is a general rule. Rather, there are many possibilities, just like we have in English. Many verbs that come from Latin can use "ción", like "invitar - invitación". Others, like you say, use "miento" or "mento". Verbs ending in "ear" often use "eo" like "cosquillear - cosquilleo".

If you are interested, you might enjoy the book "Guide to Spanish Suffixes"

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updated ENE 14, 2010
posted by kattya
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