For example it seems to me that la probably isn't viable. Is this really the case?

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Any word is viable as part of a compound. The only limitation is whether it makes sense. Even "la" could be used in a compound if it makes sense to do so.

As a contrived example: senlaa frazo.

  • Could you please add a bit more on what senlaa frazo would mean? I'm having a hard time making any sense of it.
    – La Vo-o
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 13:40
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    Oh sorry, "a sentence without a la". Clever! :-)
    – La Vo-o
    Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 14:04

Je can't be a prefix, ĉe is less common than other prepositions but it's used, like ĉeesti and other forms of that word. I don't see how la could be a prefix so you're probably right on that one.

  • Why can’t je be a prefix? There’s nothing in the grammar rules preventing a construction like ”Mi ĵuras je Zeŭso…” > ”Mi jeĵuras Zeŭson.” Also, when you’re in doubt about another prepositional prefix, ”je-” could come handy: ”prilabori/perlabori” > ”jelabori”. If it sounds strange, I think it’s just because people haven’t used it yet! :-)
    – Bjørn
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 18:16
  • I was just searching Tekstaro for counter examples and came up with that very same example: ŝi jeĵuris min en la nomo de mia amo al ŝi kaj al vi, ke mi ne forpuŝu la amon, kiun, kiel ŝi scias, vi transportos sur min, kiam la nun ankoraŭ freŝa vundo estos sanigita, sed ke mi ĝin vigligu kaj redonu Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 20:02
  • Neither PIV or PMEG had a section about je as a prefix and since some of the roles of je could be replaced by another preposition it didn't seem likely that you'd use it like that.
    – Airvian
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 1:51
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    ”Ili tostis jehomare kaj plutrinkis.” = ”Ili tostis je la homaro kaj plutrinkis” :-) Never say never in the world of Esperanto!
    – Bjørn
    Commented Dec 2, 2016 at 15:06
  • eĉ zamenhofa ... jeĵuri kontraŭ iu Commented Dec 3, 2016 at 22:29

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