Suffixes often used

Suffixes come at the end of words. They help you to understand the meaning of a new word. Here are some common suffixes.

suffix meaning examples
er, or (noun) person worker, swimmer, instructor
er, or (noun) machine, thing cooker, word processor
ful (adjective) full of useful, beautiful
ology (noun) subject of study sociology, psychology
ics (noun, singular) subject of study economics, politics
less (adjective) without useless, endless
ly makes an adverb from an adjective sadly, happily
ness makes an abstract noun from an adjective happiness, sadness
y makes an adjective from a noun sandy, sunny

– able

  • available believable miserable

– ance

  • observance observance instance

– ary

  • infirmary honorary imaginary

– ent

  • judgment dependent confident

– ence

  • indulgence independence silence

– ery

  • slavery pottery lottery

– dom

  • freedom kingdom wisdom

– er

  • lecturer manager teacher

– ment

  • attachment disappointment loneliness

– ness

  • politeness happiness equipment

– ture

  • fixture mixture signature

– ure

  • brochure denture moisture

– ion

  • communion complexion opinion

– ition

  • intuition competition repetition

– tion

  • election production education

– ious

  • furious mysterious rebellious

– ise

  • expertise exercise

– ize

  • summarize memorize

– ant

  • reluctantant protestant silent

– ible

  • digestible flexible sensible

– ory

  • observatory laboratory sensory

– ian

  • comedian electrician politician

– or

  • creator adjudicator spectator

– ation

  • aviation transportation reservation

– sion

  • abrasion discussion television

– ous

  • furious joyous nervous

– less

  • faithless careless

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