Common noun suffixes
Languages are made up of building blocks. As we learn to put these blocks together in different ways, our language skills improve.
Suffixes are one of the building blocks of language. Suffixes are one or more letters that we put at the end of a word. Suffixes can make a word more accurate in its meaning. They can make a noun plural (eg. ‘s’), change the tense of a verb (eg. ‘ed’) or change the type of word (eg. ‘ly’).
In this blog we will look at noun suffixes. Becoming more familiar with noun suffixes will help you recognize word types when listening and reading. It will also help you learn more advanced vocabulary and assist you on your way to becoming an amazing English speaker. So let’s get started!
Some common noun suffixes are:
-ness -ment -ance -ence
-ship -hood -ity -ion
When we see these suffixes at the end of a word, it tells us that the word is a noun. This can be very helpful when reading. If you are reading and you come across a new word ending in one of these suffixes, it will tell you that the word is a noun. This may help you guess the meaning of the word without the need to stop reading and look the word up in a dictionary.
Now let’s take a closer look at these noun suffixes.
The suffix -ness changes an adjective into a noun. Here are some examples:
The suffix -ment changes a verb into a noun. Here are some examples:
The suffix -ance changes a verb into a noun. Here are some examples:
The suffix -ence generally changes a verb into a noun. Here are some examples:
The suffix -ship generally changes a noun into another noun. Here are some examples:
The suffix -hood generally changes a noun into another noun. Here are some examples:
The suffix -ity generally changes an adjective into a noun. Here are some examples:
The suffix -ion generally changes a verb into a noun. Here are some examples: