A suffix is an affix that is added to the end of a word to create a new word with a different meaning (e.g. philia, ism).
1. (related to; used to form adjectives)
a. -ac
El futbolista sufrió un paro cardiaco mientras jugaba la final de la Copa del Mundo.The soccer player went into cardiac arrest while playing the World Cup Final.
2. (pejorative)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Yo que tú no perdía mi tiempo leyendo ese libraco.If I were you I wouldn't waste my time reading that lousy book.
Ese pajarraco hace un ruido estridente que me despierta todas las mañanas.That ugly bird makes a shrill sound that wakes me up every morning.
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Aspects of Word Formation in Spanish 2
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