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Suffixes
The snail moved slowly.

Suffixes

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on suffixes. Suffixes are word ends and parts of words which can be added to other words to change the meaning. One example is adding '-ly' to the end of an adjective to create an adverb: for example, adding '-ly' to the adjective 'slow' creates the adverb 'slowly'.

Adverbs are useful in writing to describe a verb. As an example: The snail moved slowly. The verb here is 'moved' and the adverb is 'slowly'. Slowly describes HOW the snail moved. We could write: The snail moved. But adding the word 'slowly' gives more description and helps us imagine the snail - bringing the story to life, so to speak.

Test your knowledge of various suffixes by trying this English quiz.

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1.
Which suffix could be added to the end of the word 'judge'?
-ly
-ful
-ness
-ment
Judgement.
2.
He walked carefully across the road to see his elderly neighbour. Which words in this sentence have suffixes?
walked, carefully, elderly
walked, across, elderly
across, elderly, neighbour
across, his, elderly
'Carefully' has two suffixes - '-ful' and '-ly'.
3.
One of these words changes its spelling slightly when you add the suffix '-ful'.
Rest
Beauty
Hope
Joy
Beautiful.
4.
Which suffix could be added to the end of the word 'neighbour'?
-ment
-hood
-ise
-est
Neighbourhood - adding 'ly' also creates a new word: 'neighbourly'.
5.
Which of these words should NOT have the suffixes '-er' or '-est' added?
Quick
Smart
Fun
Loud
Something can be 'more fun' than something else, but it cannot be 'funner' or 'funnest', because these are not words in English.
6.
Which suffix could be added to the end of the word 'child'?
-less
-ness
-ment
-able
Childless (without children) - adding '-hood' would create the word 'childhood', while adding '-ish' creates the word 'childish'.
7.
Which one of the following has an incorrect suffix?
Lovible
Sensible
Responsible
Terrible
'Lovable' is the correct spelling.
8.
Which one of the following has an incorrect suffix?
Reliable
Avoidable
Reasonable
Trustable
'Trustworthy' would be correct.
9.
Which of these words does NOT take the suffix '-er'?
Teach
Paint
Decorate
Farm
Someone who decorates is a decorator.
10.
One of these words changes its spelling slightly when you add the suffix '-est'.
Happy
Fast
Quiet
Short
Happiest.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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