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 87 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.