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How common is the "-iĉ-" suffix to denote maleness?

I read a great article once about an apparent "controversy" in Esperanto - the fact that words are considered by default to be male, and the "-in-" suffix is added to make them female. It discusses ...
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What is the difference between -ita and -ata?

I've seen phrases translated using both forms and apparently meaning the exact same thing. For example, I have seen "I am busy" translated as both mi estas okupita and mi estas okupata. How do I ...
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How do I know when a verb is transitive?

With verbs without the -ig- or -iĝ- infix, how do I know they are transitive? For example, boli doesn't explicitly say it does not take an object, and you need to know its counterpart (boligi) in ...
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How common are custom words?

There are numerous words like sinteno, ĉielarko, etc which are stable collocations. What I like about esperanto is the apparent freedom of creating new words. For instance malaĉegulo could be ...
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Does Esperanto have contractions?

eg. in English we have lots of words like "I'm" (from "I am") and "can't" (from "can not"). It can seem a bit formal to always be typing out the full form of words. And while the possessive "'s" in ...
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"sola" vs "unuope"

I came across both of these words when studying on Duolingo. "Sola" was translated as "alone", and "unuope" was translated as "by myself", or literally "in a group of one", which seems to mean the ...
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What is the meaning of "korekta" and when to use it?

It is a common error to believe that "correct" in English translates to "korekta" in Esperanto. The correct word is "ĝusta" or "senerara". But if "korekta" does not mean "correct", what does it mean ...

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