Find out more about verb suffixes and how they can extend your vocabulary as well as help you remember meanings of new words.
A suffix is a letter or a group of letters that are added to the end of a word to make a new word. Generally, suffixes have a particular meaning. When a suffix is added to a base word and that base word becomes a verb, it is called a verb suffix.
Learning the meanings of suffixes has two key advantages:
- They can help you extend your vocabulary and work out the meaning of unfamiliar words.
- They can help you remember the meanings of words most easily.
Many words in English are formed from the same root or base word. By adding different suffixes, a range of new words can be formed.
Here are some commonly used noun suffixes and what they mean:
Here are some examples:
I like to communicate with my team.
We decided to widen the roads.
Can you please clarify what you meant by that?
I realise the importance of suffixes now that I have learnt them.
Take note of these general rules when it comes to suffixes:
- Adding a suffix usually changes the class of the word
- Adding a suffix can mean the class of the word remains the same but the meaning of the new word changes.
- Adding a suffix can cause a spelling change.