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Verb as base

Only one prefix is available to form nouns on the basis of verbs. Nevertheless, the prefix itself, i.e. ge-, is very productive. An example is geskriem continuous crying, from the verb skrieme to cry.

This single prefix forms a sharp contrast to the many suffixes that form nouns on a verbal basis; see suffixation which form nouns on the base of verbs for more details. As to prefixation, there is also a striking distinction with nominal bases, where quite some prefixes are available, as can be seen in forming nouns out of nouns. On the other hand, not a single prefix is applied to derive nouns on the basis of an adjective.


The prefix ge- is dealt with in ge- forming nouns out of verbs.