Suffixes

A suffix is a letter or group of letters that can be added to the end of a root or a base word. Common suffixes include: -s, -ed, -ing, -ly, and –tion. Adding a suffix often changes the meaning of the word and the job the word does in the sentence.

Examples:

Here is a list of the most common suffixes you should know:

Adding a suffix is easy. A suffix is added at the end of a root or a base word word. Notice that the spelling of a root often changes when a suffix is added. Furthermore, more than one suffix may be added to many words.

We can often do the following when adding a suffix.

  1. Change a verb into a noun by adding a suffix to the verb.
  2. Change a verb into an adjective by adding a suffix to the verb.
  3. Change a noun into an adjective by adding a suffix to the noun.

Examples:

Example: Sara looks after her pet dog with affection. [noun]

Example: Sara is very affectionate to her pet dog. [adjective]

Do you know the verb form for the words affection and affectionate?

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