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 History of this Word

"an" is from "anus" spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


In this sense, this is a word added to the end of another word to make a new word. The initial word may change slightly so the resulting word will sound better with the added ending.

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grammar is modifier

"-an" is a type of suffix


A word ending used to form nouns and modifiers that shows something belongs to a group, place, etc. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

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