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Suffixes

 

Suffix

Part of Speech

Examples

-er, -or

noun

teacher, director

-ance, -ence

noun

difference, attendance

-ant, -ent

noun

deviant, President

-ee

noun

employee, trainee

-ess

noun

stewardess, waitress

-ian

noun

electrician, beautician

-ism

noun

Communism, theism

-ist

noun

chemist, artist

-ity

noun

rarity, velocity

-ment

noun

achievement, astonishment

-ness

noun

happiness, fondness

-ship

noun

relationship, friendship

-tion, -ation

noun

action, coronation

-ate

verb

deviate, create

-ify

verb

typify, solidify

-ize

verb

tenderize, authorize

-able, -ible

adjective

reliable, capable, sensible

-al

adjective

comical, radical

-ful

adjective

wonderful, helpful

-ish

adjective

impish, sheepish

-ive

adjective

creative, sensitive

-ous, ious

adjective

dangerous, impervious

-ly

adverb

quickly, happily

 

Definition

 

A suffix is an affix that is attached to the end of a root or stem.

 

Example (English)

 

The past tense suffix -ed attaches to the end of the stem walk to form the past tense verb walked.