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Suffix

Purpose
When you try to figure out the
meaning of a new vocabulary item
from the context and to use the
item correctly in speaking and
writing, it helps to know what part
of speech the word is.

A Useful Method: the Suffix


Sometimes you can tell the part of
speech from the suffix (the ending)
on a word.

Here are some common


noun suffixes.
Nouns Suffixes :
-er, -or, -ist
teacher, professor, tourist
-sion, -tion
discussion, action
-ment, -ness
enrollment, happiness
-ure, -ture
pressure, temperature

Some more common


noun suffixes.
Nouns Suffixes :
-s, -es
dogs, buses
-ance, -ence
distance, difference
-ty, -ity
ability, availability

Here are some common


adjective suffixes.
Adjective Suffixes :
-ar
similar, popular
-ic, -al, -ical
comic, legal, physical
-ful, -less
beautiful, careless
-ive, -ical
expensive, physical

Some more common


adjective suffixes.
Adjective Suffixes :
-er (than)
(comparative form)
higher, smaller, bigger
-ant, -ent
distant, different
-able, -ible
available, responsible

Here are some common


adverb suffixes.
Adverb Suffixes :
-ly
clearly, simply, politely
-ally
scientifically, traditionally

Now, you do the exercise


Are the following words nouns,
adjectives, or adverbs?
Click on the correct answer.
Intelligence
noun

adjective

adverb

adjective

adverb

adjective

adverb

creativity
noun

pleasant
noun

More exercises
magnificent
noun

adjective

adverb

adjective

adverb

adjective

adverb

available
noun

politely
noun

convenience
noun

adjective

adverb

Youve got that right.


How do you like this present?
Wow! The scenery here is very
_______.
beauty
beautifully
beautiful
(Click on the right answer)

Sorry, youre wrong.

Now, you do it again.The eagle is looking at


you ______.
angry
angrily

(Click on the right answer)

Congratulations!
Dont just look at the night view of
Sydney! Do the next one, OK!
Click here

Wrong again!
Tell you.
You had better think before you make
your ______.
decide
decisive
decision
Look this monkey is watching you.

Whoops! I think you need to


study more.

OK! I want to read again.


No, I want to do the next o
ne.

Way to go!
Keep on doing.

Look again!

Let me try again.

Hey! Not bad.

How do you think about me?


Am I a real _______?
beauty
beautifully
beautiful
(Click on the right answer)

Dont ask me. I dont know


the answer.
You figure out the answer
yourself.

Oh, yeah! Youre right.

Go to the next one.

Are you sleeping?


Dont bother me. Im
thinking.

OK! I want to do it again.

Ha! Ha!
Try again.

Watch it!
Do it one more time.

Bingo!
Id love to do the next
one.

Wait! Let me think.

I want to try again.

Use your head.

Okay! Ill do it right next time.

Wrong!
Try again.

Are you sure?

Let me do it again.

You are lost.

I want to go back.

Am I right?

Wrong, do it again.

Very good!
Try another one.

Good for you!

Keep on doing.

Good! Youve learned.