word formation: suffixes

Word formation: suffixes. Learn and practise English suffixes. In this post you will find examples of suffixes, together with exercises to practise them.

Learn and practise English negative prefixes – go here.

Suffixes:

List of suffixes in English:

  • -ness
  • -ion
  • -ment
  • -ity
  • -ship
  • -th
  • -or
  • -er
  • -hood
  • -ance
  • -ence
  • -dom
  • -y
  • -ism
  • -ee
  • -able
  • -ible
  • -less
  • -ful
  • -al
  • -ive
  • -ous
  • -ish
  • -ese
  • -ian
  • -ic

Noun suffixes – examples:

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Adjective suffixes – examples:

Exercises:

Exercise 1. Form adjectives from the words given below.

  1. Canada – …………………..
  2. child – ………………………
  3. care – ……………………….
  4. fruit – ……………………….
  5. comfort – …………………..
  6. rely – ………………………..
  7. Vietnam – ………………….
  8. create – ……………………..
  9. venom – …………………….
  10. cloud – ……………………..
  11. eat – …………………….
  12. crate – …………………

Exercise 2. Form abstract nouns from the words given below.

  1. dark – ……………………….
  2. brutal – …………………….
  3. employ – …………………..
  4. teach – ……………………..
  5. equal – ………………………
  6. free – ………………………..
  7. appear – …………………….
  8. bored – ……………………..
  9. retired – …………………….
  10. child – ……………………..
  11. adult – ………………………

Practise online:

Learn the rules of word formation and then do the online exercises to practise suffixes.

https://www.english-in-chester.co.uk/e-learning/lesson/suffixes/

http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/3g53-suffixes-gap-fill.php

https://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-1455.php

https://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-56585.php

https://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-86772.php

Answer key:

Exercise 1. Form adjectives from the words given below.

  1. Canada – …………………..Canadian
  2. child – ………………………childlish
  3. care – ……………………….careful, careless
  4. fruit – ……………………….fruitless, fruitful
  5. comfort – …………………..comfortable
  6. rely – ………………………..reliable
  7. Vietnam – ………………….Vietnamese
  8. create – ……………………..creative
  9. venom – ……………………. venomous
  10. cloud – ……………………..cloudy
  11. eat – …………………….edible
  12. crate – ………………… creative

Exercise 2. Form abstract nouns from the words given below.

  1. dark – ……………………….darnkess
  2. brutal – …………………….brutality
  3. employ – …………………..employment
  4. equal – ………………………equality
  5. free – ………………………..freedom
  6. appear – …………………….appearance
  7. bored – ……………………..boredom
  8. retired – ……………………. retirement
  9. child – ……………………..childhood
  10. adult – ……………………… adulthood

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