Practice Words: Common Suffixes


A suffix is a part-word added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

These four may be added to a word to mean the person or thing that does the action suggested by the word.

-ist
art > artist
-er
paint > painter
-or
act > actor
-ant
serve > servant

These five can change a verb into a noun closely related to the verb.

-ment
agree > agreement
-age
marry > marriage
-tion
protect > protection
-sion
invade > invasion
-ing
I like to read > I like reading

This suffix can change some nouns into adjectives.

-ful
care > careful
 
wonder > wonderful

And this one can change some adjectives into nouns.

-ness
willing > willingness