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Suffixes 01
You can add the suffix 'ly' to words as in the sentence "The player hit the ball powerfully and easily."

Suffixes 01

In English there are suffixes (letters or syllables added to the end of words) and prefixes (letters added to the beginning of words). Adding the suffix -ly is simple. Knowing when to add a suffix is important to make a sentence grammatically correct.

Admittedly, it would be improbable if every English word could be altered by the addition of a suffix. But, suffixes are certainly very common. The previous two sentences have used several, including -ed, -ly, -able and -tion. Suffixes allow the grammatical transformation of words. For example, "transform" is a verb. By adding -ation to it, we end up with "transformation", a noun. "Admit" is a verb. By adding the suffix -ed, we get "admitted", which is an adjective. If we then add -ly, we have an adverb, "admittedly". Language is impressively adaptable in this way!

This quiz requires you to recognise which grammatical classes of words belong in the blank spaces. In order to do this, you'll need to understand how suffixes work. Good luck!

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1.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
The car chugged ....... up the ....... gradient of the hill.
sluggish, steeply
sluggishly, steep
sluggishly, steeply
sluggish, steep
"Slug" is a noun; "sluggish" is an adjective created by adding the suffix -ish to the word "slug"; "sluggishly" is an adverb created by adding the suffix -ly to the adjective "sluggish"
2.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
Their mum arranged the ....... flowers .......
colourful, beautifully
colourful, beautiful
colourfully, beautifully
colourfully, beautiful
"Colourful" is an adjective. "Beautifully" is an adverb
3.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
He ....... taught the class well and they learned .......
real, effectively
real, effective
really, effective
really, effectively
"Effectively" is an adverb created by adding the suffix -ly to the adjective "effective"
4.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
She ran ....... on stage but she danced .......
hurried, graceful
hurried, gracefully
hurriedly, graceful
hurriedly, gracefully
"Gracefully" is an adverb; it answers how she danced
5.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
Using energy ....... lowers your bills .......
efficient, substantial
efficient, substantially
efficiently, substantial
efficiently, substantially
"Efficiently" and "substantially" are both adverbs answering how
6.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
The carpenter framed the ....... pictures .......
beautiful, proper
beautiful, properly
beautifully, proper
beautifully, properly
Add the suffix -ly to the original spelling of the word "proper"
7.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
The player hit the ball ....... and won the match .......
powerful, easily
powerful, easy
powerfully, easily
powerfully, easy
"Easy" changes its y to an i before adding the suffix -ly
8.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
The dog ran ....... under the table to find the ....... toy.
quick, colourful
quick, colourfully
quickly, colourful
quickly, colourfully
"Quickly" is an adverb explaining how the dog ran
9.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
The band played ....... in the ....... restaurant.
loud, dim-lit
loud, dimly-lit
loudly, dim-lit
loudly, dimly-lit
"Loudly" and "dimly" share the -ly suffix with many adverbs
10.
Choose the correct words to complete the following sentence.
He prepared the wood ....... and then glued it together .......
thorough, careful
thorough, carefully
thoroughly, careful
thoroughly, carefully
A suffix can change an adjective to an adverb. "Thorough" and "careful" are adjectives. "Thoroughly" and "carefully" are adverbs

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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