Ready to take your writing to the next level? Unlock the power of suffixes and explore a new world of rich language.
A suffix is a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word to make a new word. They often change the meaning or illustration of the original word and can be a great tool for when you’re searching for that perfect word.
The suffix “-able”, for example, generally makes an adjective out of a verb. Words like “enjoy” become “enjoyable,” “work” can become “workable” and “play” can be converted to “playable.”
The suffix “-ment” often turns a verb into a noun. “Teach” turns into “teaching” and then to “teachment” for a noun, or “teaching” for a verb. Similarly, “govern” can be “government” or “governance” or “governable” by adding suffixes.
Using the suffix “-ish” can mean “somewhat” or “resembling.” For example, “green” can be “greenish,” “thrill” can be “thrilling” and “quality” can be “qualityish.”
The key to using suffixes effectively is to know what they mean and how they can be applied to the words you’re using. By taking the time to understand suffixes and practice using them, you can open up a whole new level of vocabulary to express yourself. The Road to Richer Vocabularies is paved with ever-evolving language and knowing how to use suffixes can help you get there. Hello,
Vocabulary is a very important part of communication, so it’s important to learn new words and how to use them properly. Today, we’re going to focus on how to improve your vocabulary by using suffixes.
A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word to form a new word or to modify the function or meaning of the original word. Just by adding a certain suffix to a word, you can change the meaning of the word. This is a really useful way of expanding your vocabulary!
There are many different suffixes and each with their own meaning, so if you are learning to speak English, then taking the time to learn some of the common suffixes will help you to understand and use words in the language better.
Here are some of the most common suffixes in English, and how you can use them to extend your vocabulary:
1. -ful: Used to form adjectives that describe a quality or characteristic. For example, “peaceful” describes peace, and “awe-ful” describes awe.
2. -less: Used to describe the absence of something or someone. For example, “thoughtless” means without thought, and “motionless” means without motion.
3. -able, -ible: Used to form adjectives that describe something capable of being done. For example, “editable” means capable of being edited, and “attainable” means capable of being attained.
4. -ment: Used to describe action or processes, or to describe the outcome of the action. For example, “improvement” can describe the act of improving, or the outcome of improving something.
5. -tion: Used to describe an action, or the result of actions or processes. For example, “creation” is the act of creating, and “construction” is the result of building something.
By understanding how to use suffixes correctly, you can quickly and easily form new words and expand your vocabulary. Suffixes are also great for describing sequences of events, and how things look and feel. So why not give it a try?
I hope this has helped to give you a better understanding of how suffixes work, and how you can use them to increase your vocabulary. If you’d like more information on English language learning, why not check out our other articles here?
Good luck with your English studies!
Adopting a range of suffixes into your vocabulary can be a simple, yet effective practice to insert yourself into a new linguistic realm. Start taking some inspired steps on the road to rich vocabulary today!