Advanced English Grammar

 

 

Suffixes List


 

A suffixes list is a great place to start improving your knowledge of the English Language.

In fact, suffixes can help you immediately determine whether the word is a noun, verb, adjective or adverb.

Suffixes can also show you if something is in the past or present tense, or whether the word you are dealing with is singular or plural.

In short, a suffixes list can play an important role in any language learning.

Thankfully, there aren't that many... but they are important to know and will help you improve your English.

You might want to print out the list and spend some time learning the suffixes below.

suffixes list meaning use

able, ible 

capable of
(adjective suffix) 
drinkable - able to be drank
legible - able to be read
ac, ic 
like, pertaining to 
Zodiac - pertaining to animals, life
democratic - pertaining to democracy
acious, icious 
full of 
audacious - full of daring,
avaricious - full of greed
al 
pertaining to 
beneficial - bringing benefit
logical - pertaining to logic
ant, ent 
full of 
eloquent - fluid, effective speech.
ardent - full of passion
ary 
like, connected with 
revolutionary - some one connected with a revolution
temporary - connected with time or duration
ate 
to make
(verb suffix) 
desecrate - to ruin, make unholy
mitigate - make less severe
ation 
that which is
(noun suffix) 
irritation - that which is irritated
cy 
state of being
(noun suffix) 
democracy - ruled by people
obstinacy - obstinate state, stubbornness
eer, er, or 
person who
(noun suffix) 
engineer - designs engines
teacher - person who teaches
advisor - person who advises
escent 
becoming (adjective suffix) 
evanescent - tending to vanish
pubescent - arriving at puberty
fic 
making, doing
(adjective suffix) 
fantastic - arousing great wonder
terrific - arousing great fear
ity 
state of being
(noun suffix) 
sagacity - state of being wise
fy 
to make (verb suffix) 
magnify - to enlarge
petrify - turn to stone
iferous 
producing, bearing
(adjective suffix) 
pestiferous - carrying disease
vociferous - having a loud voice
il, ile 
pertaining to, capable of
(adjective suffix) 
civil - polite
docile - easily taught or led
ism 
doctrine, belief
(noun suffix) 
monotheism - belief in one God
deism - belief in God but not religion
ist 
dealer, doer
(noun suffix) 
realist - one who is realistic
dentist - works with teeth
ive 
like (adjective suffix) 
quantitative - concerned with number or volume
ize, ise 
to make
(verb suffix) 
harmonize - make harmonious
revolutionize - make revolutionary
oid 
resembling, like
(adjective suffix) 
ovoid - like an egg
anthropoid - resembling a human
ose 
full of (adjective suffix) 
verbose - full of words
osis 
condition (noun suffix) 
psychosis - diseased mental condition
hypnosis - induced sleep
ous 
full of
(adjective suffix) 
nauseous - full of nausea
ludicrous - foolish
tude 
state of (noun suffix) 
fortitude - state of strength
servitude - state of serving


  


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