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Part I: Esperanto Grammar

Chapter 14: Reduplication

In order to add emphasis an Esperanto root may sometimes be doubled before the addition of the ending:

fine = at last finfine = at long last
bela = beautiful belbela = gorgeous
laŭta = loud laŭtlaŭta = damnably loud
dika = fat dikdika = obese
vere = truly ververe = really and truly
foje = once, sometimes fojfoje = once in a great while
plena = full plenplena = very full
sola = alone solsola = all alone

Although commonly used reduplications are not conspicuous, new ones created on the fly tend to sound vaguely jocular, so for a beginner they should perhaps be used only after they have been heard.


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