Suffixes are the endings
of words. They change
the type of word.
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Suffixes are at the end of words. Some examples include
The suffix can often show the type of word. For example, "ed"
is used for past tense verbs. The following is a list of all the
major suffixes for each type of word.
Here are some of the most common noun suffixes.
solution, pollution, collision, conclusion
productivity, capacity, personality
payment, treatment, punishment
happiness, loneliness, laziness
Often "ness" suffixes are added to adjectives that end in "y".
This makes them a noun.
happy -- happiness
crazy -- craziness
The people or things that do a verb can be created by adding
ER, OR, or IST. ER is the most common of the three.
Teach --- teacher
Print --- printer
pianist, biologist, scientist
parenthood, fatherhood, neighbourhood
friendship, partnership, relationship
patience, distance, reliance
freedom, kingdom, boredom
Adjective suffixes often are used to create words that show
nouns displaying the quality of something.
For example, Heroic is an adjective that shows someone has
the qualities of a hero.
Adjectives are words that modify nouns. Therefore, they are
found before nouns, or often after the verb HAVE.
Here are some examples of suffixes that form adjectives:
ing (describes things and their qualities)
exciting, boring, interesting
ed (describes feelings)
excited, bored, interested
creative, abusive, persuasive
futuristic, heroic, public
global, final, traditional
breakable, affordable, possible
sticky, shiny, healthy
glamorous, fabulous, glorious
ful (full of)
harmful, hateful, successful, beautiful
pointless, endless, homeless
selfish, foolish, childish
Regular verbs end in "ed" in the past and past participle forms.
broken, taken, forgotten
"En" is common for past participles.
symbolize, materialize, realize
create, skate, donate
solidify, qualify, quantify
Most adverbs in English are created by adding LY to the
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