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Suffixes, like prefixes, cannot stand on their own. Suffixes are letters, not words, which means they do not make up a word themselves. Instead, they add onto or create a new word from an original one.
Look at the following chart to understand how suffixes work with words. The left column contains original words. The center column contains the suffix that will be applied to the ending of the original word. The right column demonstrates the new word created after the suffix is applied to the original word.
|Original Word||Suffix||New Word|
You will notice that we sometimes have to remove a letter or two from the ending of the original word in order to create the new word using the suffix. For instance, we remove the “y” in “history” to create historian using the suffix -ian.
Similar to prefixes, suffixes also work like equations; however, in this equation the letters are added to the end of a word. You begin with a word, add the suffix to the ending of the word, and this equals a new word. Suffixes, as you see from the chart, change the word or its meaning.
Suffixes can also change the function of the word & how the word can be used in a sentence. For instance, the word “slow” is an adjective that describes a person, place or thing. Adding a suffix can change the adjective to an adverb, which describes an action. Look at the two sentences below to see how the word changes after adding a suffix.
-The slow snail crawled down the sidewalk.
-The snail crawled slowly down the sidewalk.
The first sentence uses “slow” to describe the snail. After adding the suffix -ly, the new word (slowly) describes how the snail crawled.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Suffixes worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of Suffixes which are letters or groups of letters added to the end of words to change their meaning or to make a new word.
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