Sep 302014
 

Today we’re looking at a very important part of word building – suffixes. We’ll look at what they are, what they mean and how to use them.

-ee
Creates a noun meaning ‘person who receives an action’.
Example words: interviewee, trainee, employee, refugee, absentee
Example sentence: My company has six thousand employees.

-able
Creates an adjective meaning that the subject can do something OR that something can be done to it.
Example words: excitable, employable, pleasurable, enjoyable, loveable, readable, breakable, moveable
Example sentence: I didn’t like his last book – it wasn’t very readable.

-ible
A different spelling of -able.
Example words: responsible, visible, horrible, terrible
Example sentence: Stars are only visible at night.

-ness
Creates a noun which describes a quality or state.
Example words: happiness, nervousness, politeness, sadness, sickness, kindness, meaninglessness
Example sentence: He missed two days of work because of sickness.

 

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