Suffixes often used

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

suffixmeaningexamples
er, or (noun)personworker, swimmer, instructor
er, or (noun)machine, thingcooker, word processor
ful (adjective)full ofuseful, beautiful
ology (noun)subject of studysociology, psychology
ics (noun, singular)subject of studyeconomics, politics
less (adjective)withoutuseless, endless
lymakes an adverb from an adjectivesadly, happily
nessmakes an abstract noun from an adjectivehappiness, sadness
ymakes an adjective from a nounsandy, 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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