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What Are Suffixes?
In linguistics, a suffix (also sometimes called a postfix or ending) is an affix which is placed after the stem of a word. Common examples are case endings, which indicate the grammatical case of nouns or adjectives, and verb endings, which form the conjugation of verbs. Particularly in the study of Semitic languages, a suffix is called an afformative, as they can alter the form of the words to which they are fixed. In Indo-European studies, a distinction is made between suffixes and endings (see Proto-Indo-European root). Suffixes can carry grammatical information (inflectional suffixes). (derivational suffixes). An inflectional suffix is sometimes called a desinence. Some examples in European languages: Many synthetic languagesCzech, German, Finnish, Latin, Hungarian, Russian, Turkish, etc.use a large number of endings. Suffixes used in English frequently have Greek, French or Latin origins.
Learning prefixes and suffixes can help students guess the meaning of new or unfamiliar words which is a valuable skill. There are currently
82 worksheets to help you teach students about prefixes and suffixes
and give students more practice using them. Let's take a look at a couple of the worksheets from this section.
This worksheet focuses on five prefixes
and gives students lots of practice with more than thirty sentences. The answer key is provided so it couldn't be easier to use this worksheet in your classes. If you do not want to dedicate that much time to prefixes, you might still want to use some of the sentences from this worksheet. For additional assistance when planning your lessons,
here is a table of suffixes
that can help you organize your teaching materials. These worksheets are not ideal for every teacher or course but there are others as well. Take a moment to look over some more worksheets. They are all free and printable so you can download as many as you'd like.
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This is a simple but useful word generating technique using suffixes and prefixes to create new words. Your students will love it. I personally have used it and it has given me great outcomes. In ...
In fact this powerpoint is based on New Headway Unit 3 and 4 but of course it could be used by the teachers who want to measure their students' knowledge on prefixes and see how far they can manag ...
This worksheet is for higher level adult or teenage students to play a game of Snap by making correct entertainment words using suffixes. Students play in groups of three to four. They take turns ...
This is a set of 40 printable cards: 20 common English word roots and 20 definitions. They can be printed out and used as flash cards or to play a concentration-style game. Roots include: ast ...
Students complete the questions with suitable prefixes (un-, im-, il-, ir-, dis-, in-, re-, over-, mis-). Then they answer them in pairs. This is a good exercise when you want to give them mo ...
This unit test is about using the second conditional, the combination of the first and second conditional, questions with would, reflexive pronouns. From vocabulary there is an exercise for warnin ...
An initiative for beginners after learning all the rules to change into plurals. Fill in the word or suffix (-ish, -ful) and make a word after adding the suffix, it will help them better understa ...
This powerpoint firstly explains the function of prefixes and suffixes through suitable examples and there are lots of exercises related to them. Exercises are given in an enjoyable way wi ...
This worksheet is useful for practicing formation of adjectives and adverbs and also their opposites. Students should already have an idea how to change verbs and nouns into adjectives and adverbs ...
A test on the use of word formation mostly suitable for secondary school level. Consists of a gap-fill task with the base forms of words listed on the right-hand margin of the document. Originally ...
Worksheet with many exercises on the word formation. The given word (in brackets) has to be transformed into a new word ( a noun, an adjective, an adverb) by adding the correct suffixes or prefixe ...
This is a worksheet on adjective formation for pre-intermediate students. There are 3 different activities in which students are asked to add a prefix to form the opposite of the adjectives, ...
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This is a worksheet for revising noun formation at intermediate level. There are 3 different exercises in which students are asked to add a suffix to each of the given words in order to form ...
This is a 2-page worksheet for teaching adjective formation at intermediate level. The first page is basically just a study sheet followed by 3 different exercises in which students are asked ...
The title of this worksheet is suffixes. The words have been spelt with the wrong ending. Students must rewrite each word correctly.This English resource is useful for improving spelling skills an ...
The title of this English worksheet is suffixes 'er' and 'est'. Students must read the sentences and decide which suffix should be used to complete each sentence e.g. I can ride my bike (faster/fa ...
The title of this English worksheet is suffixes 'er' and 'est'. Students must read the sentences and decide which suffix should be used to complete each sentence e.g. Venus is the (hotter/hottest) ...
The title of this English worksheet is suffixes 'er' and 'est'. Students must read the sentences and decide which suffix should be used to complete each sentence e.g. Cheetahs can run (faster/fast ...
This is the first worksheet of a series to revise grammar points for advanced students. In this one they will revise the use of gerund & infinitive and mixed word formation. The students have ...
This worksheet is about a video from National Geographic about UFO's, it is useful to practice the listening skill and it contains general and specific information, students can discriminate betwe ...
They are about number-prefixes. From 1 to 9, including some definitions of cerntain words. Lots of pictures for visual learners. There are a few historical hints in this file and teacher needs to ...
In the first part of this worksheet ss have to complete the chart with the words already presented, but in their different form. If it is a subject for example they may convert to adverb and adjec ...
This presentation helps to develop children's knowledge about sports (games and activities). It includes 8 components. You can teach your pupils in the form of play to use new words. It's an inter ...
Students studying for the FCE need lots and lots of key word transformation practice. This includes prefux and suffix practice. I like using short worksheets as warmers. This multiple choice wor ...
Here is a crossword with negative prefixes. Students are to fill in the crossword with words beginning with im-, in-, un- or ir-. There are 17 words, mostly adjectives and a few verbs. It is a one ...
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