A suffix is a letter or a group of letters that are added to the end of a word to make a new word. Here are some tips on using the suffixes ‘-able’, ‘-ous’ and ‘-ly’.
The act of selling is a sale.
Adding the ‘-able’ suffix to it form the adjective.
It is a saleable oyster. It is able to be sold.
Another use of the ‘-able’ suffix is with the word ‘adjustable’.
You adjust or change the position of things to have them in the right spot.
You form the adjective with ‘-able’.
They are adjustable lines. They are able to be adjusted.
Another common suffix used to form adjectives is ‘-ous’.
An example is ‘continuous’.
‘Continuously’ has two suffixes – ‘-ous’ and ‘-ly’.
This is how the ‘continue’ is modified to become ‘continuously’:
- Continue (verb) + ‘-ous’ = Continuous (adjective)
- Continuous (adjective) + ‘-ly’ = Continuously (adverb)