-tive/-able

diegoclegane

Senior Member
Mandarin-China
Hi guys,
I am confused with the suffix, "tive" and "able". Such as "predictive and predictable", I can not tell the difference between them as well as "imaginative and imaginable".

Can I say "Tomorrow will rain is predictive/predicable"?

By the way, if I want to appreciate your answer, I should say "your answer is very impressing/impressive/impressible/impressed."? Does "I am impressed to your answer" sound natural?

Thanks.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Predictive doesn't mean the same as predictable. You'll find their meanings in the dictionary; here's an example of their use:

    Rain is predictable - the weather forecasters always know when it is coming.
    Rain is predictive - when it comes, it's an indication that some fields will flood.
     
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