Suffixes are at the end of words.  Some examples include

  • ing
  • ed
  • tion

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.


NOUNS

Here are some of the most common noun suffixes.

tion/sion
solution, pollution, collision, conclusion

ity
productivity, capacity, personality

ment
payment, treatment, punishment

ness
happiness, loneliness, laziness

Often "ness" suffixes are added to adjectives that end in "y".  
This makes them a noun.

happy -- happiness
crazy  -- craziness

er/or/ist
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

doctor, operator
pianist, biologist, scientist

hood
parenthood, fatherhood, neighbourhood

ship
friendship, partnership, relationship

nce
patience, distance, reliance

dom
freedom, kingdom, boredom



ADJECTIVES

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

ive
creative, abusive, persuasive

ic
futuristic, heroic, public

al
global, final, traditional

able
breakable, affordable, possible

y
sticky, shiny, healthy

ous
glamorous, fabulous, glorious

ful (full of)
harmful, hateful, successful, beautiful

less (without)
pointless, endless, homeless

ish
selfish, foolish, childish



VERBS


ed
Regular verbs end in "ed" in the past and past participle forms.

played, jumped

en
broken, taken, forgotten

"En" is common for past participles.

gotten, written,

ize
symbolize, materialize, realize

ate
create, skate, donate

ify
solidify, qualify, quantify



ADVERBS

Most adverbs in English are created by adding LY to the
adjective.










You can practice and learn more with these tests on suffixes:

Suffix Test # 1

Suffixes Test # 2
Adjective
  Adverb
quiet
quietly
slow
slowly
quick
quickly

Suffixes

Business English
Suffixes are the endings of
words.  They change the type
of word.  

To learn about suffixes, try the
lesson below.  If you would like
to try the tests, you can find the
links at the bottom or the side.