As far as I know, one of
め/目's usages is to function as a suffix to express a certain similarity, to say something is
__ish. However, how is it different from
According to this question, one can attach め to the 連用形 of a verb, 連体形 of i-adjectives, and 辞書形 (?) of na-adjectives according to this question. Nonetheless, I just read this in a news article: 木目調の建物, which I believe is 目 attached to 木, a noun.
In addition, according to Maggie Sensei, and here I quote:
It won’t work with all adjectives. You usually use this with adjectives that express the degree, size, amount, etc. Though you are not supposed to use this form with na-adjective, you will see it used this way in conversation sometimes.
If all of the above is true, め/目 seems not to differ at all from っぽい in terms of formation. According to Japanesetest4you, here's how っぽい is formed:
Verb-stem + っぽい
Noun + っぽい
いadj (-い) + っぽい
なadj + っぽい
Apparently, there does not appear to be any difference between め/目 and っぽい in terms of formation. Notwithstanding grammar, I assume each has its own specific words to go with, context/set phrases to be used in, etc.
Is there a rule that governs when to prefer one over the other, or is this something only exposure and experience can resolve?
め/目 seems rarely used with na-adjectives and nounsーif at all. Could anyone provide some common examples you have come across?