Suffixes
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Suffixes

A suffix is a small group of letters (an element) which is attached to the end of a word in order to modify (alter) its meaning. For example:

  • 'hard' (adjective) becomes 'hardness' (noun) when the suffix -ness is attached to 'hard'

Incidentally, if the element is added to the front of a word, it is called a prefix. Prefixes and suffixes are not normally words in themselves. Finally, unlike prefixes, suffixes tell you what part of speech a word is, for example:

  • words ending in '-ness' are nouns; words ending in '-able/ible' are adjectives, and so on

This 11-plus English quiz will give you some practice in identifying what part of speech a particular word is. Don't forget: each part of speech tells you how the word is used.

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  1. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -al, -ic, -ous
    These adjectival endings are used in words such as logical, fantastic, courageous
  2. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -ism, -tion, -ence
    These nounal endings are used in words such as terrorism, revelation, preference. Note: some nouns end in '-ence' BUT some end in '-ance' - be careful!
  3. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -ment, -ance, -ity
    These nounal endings are used in words such as advertisement, importance, hostility. Note: some nouns end in '-ance' BUT some end in '-ence' - be careful!
  4. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -less, -ar, -ive
    These adjectival endings are used in words such as careless, similar, defensive
  5. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -ice, -ness, -sion
    These nounal endings are used in words such as justice, hardness, revision. Note: some nouns end in '-sion' BUT some end in '-tion' - be careful!
  6. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -dom, -hood, -ship
    These nounal endings are used in words such as freedom, neighbourhood, friendship
  7. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -er, -or, -ist
    These noun endings are used in job titles, for example: driver, painter, actor, doctor, dentist, journalist, scientist
  8. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -ial, -ent, -less
    These adjectival endings are used in words such as trivial, different, worthless
  9. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -ful, eous, -ish
    These adjectival endings are used in words such as helpful, gorgeous, childish
  10. What is the part of speech represented by word(s) formed with the given suffix(es)? Just in case you were wondering, here are the 8 parts of speech: verb, noun, pronoun, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction and interjection.
    -ly
    Words with the suffix '-ly' can be either adjectives or adverbs, for example: quickly, slowly, rudely (adverbs); friendly, daily, lovely, deadly (adjectives)

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