Circumfixes in English (3)

Word Meaning
a- -ing (Archaic) Used to form present participles and verbal nouns; and, (dialectal) circumfixed to words which function as part of a verb phrase (e.g. he went 'a-'hunt'ing')
em- -en Prebilabial form of en- -en; i.e., occurring when the first element precedes a ‘b’, ‘p’, or ‘m’.
en- -en Forms transitive verbs denoting an increase in, or intensification of, the quality denoted by the enclosed word.

Note: these words have been obtained from Wiktionary and have been classified and improved through automated computer linguistics processes.


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