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Talk a Lot Focus on Connected Speech Common Suffixes and What they Indicate • A suffix comes at the end of a word. • Suffixes are usually unstressed. • Adding a suffix changes the word type, e.g. a noun changes into a verb. Below are some examples of how a root word can change type when a suffix is added: Root Word Word Type + Suffix Changes to Word Type believe verb -able believable adjective participate verb -ant participant noun (person) walk verb (infin.) -ed walked verb (past participle) interfere verb -ence interference noun teach verb -er teacher noun (person) big adjective -er bigger adjective (comparative) China noun (country) -ese Chinese adjective (nationality) clever adjective -est cleverest adjective (superlative) faith noun -ful faithful adjective Russia noun (country) -ian Russian noun (person) access verb -ible accessible adjective beauty noun -ify beautify verb watch verb (infin.) -ing watching verb (present participle) memory noun -ise memorise verb child noun -ish childish adjective science noun (abstract) -ist scientist noun (common) attract verb -ive attractive adjective name noun -less nameless adjective quiet adjective -ly quietly adverb arrange verb -ment arrangement noun happy adjective -ness happiness noun cube noun -oid cuboid adjective fame noun -ous famous adjective cat noun (singular) -s cats noun (plural) friend noun (common) -ship friendship noun (abstract) revise verb -sion revision noun maintenance noun -tain maintain verb ten number (cardinal) -th tenth number (ordinal) revolve verb -tion revolution noun Other common suffixes -an -ane -ar -ard -cide -cy -ect -en -ert -es -ess -et -ey -ia -ic -ical -ies -im -in -is -ism -it -ity -le -logy -o -oir -on -or -our -ow -phone -ra -raphy -tain -teen -um -ure -us -y For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! Talk a Lot Elementary English Banana.com 15.1 225

Talk a Lot Focus on Connected Speech Suffixes and Word Stress • Suffixes are usually unstressed. • Words with the following suffixes are usually* stressed on the syllable before the suffix (shown in bold): Suffix Example #1 Example #2 Example #3 Example #4 -able unbeliev-able inconceiv-able unforgiv-able accept-able -age advant-age discour-age percent-age remarri-age -ance assist-ance annoy-ance reappear-ance import-ance -ancy account-ancy expect-ancy redund-ancy discrep-ancy -ed consult-ed inflict-ed present-ed unexpect-ed -ency depend-ency absorb-ency complac-ency inconsist-ency -ent independ-ent insuffici-ent correspond-ent incandesc-ent -eous outrag-eous courag-eous simultan-eous advantag-eous -ial colon-ial bicentenn-ial financ-ial artific-ial -ian optic-ian amphib-ian mathematic-ian vegetar-ian -ible incred-ible collect-ible incomprehens-ible undigest-ible -ic encycloped-ic microscop-ic fantast-ic problemat-ic -ical illog-ical econom-ical philanthrop-ical stereotyp-ical -ify overident-ify demyst-ify electr-ify object-ify -ious rebell-ious industr-ious unostentat-ious conscient-ious -ity commun-ity believabil-ity incomprehensibil-ity respectabil-ity -ment content-ment entertain-ment engage-ment underachieve-ment -raphy geog-raphy biog-raphy callig-raphy photog-raphy -sion apprehen-sion dimen-sion incomprehen-sion supervi-sion -tion infla-tion interven-tion informa-tion contradic-tion -ual unus-ual noncontract-ual intellect-ual multiling-ual Exceptions to the rule Words with the following suffixes are usually* stressed on the suffix (shown in bold): Suffix Example #1 Example #2 Example #3 Example #4 -ee trust-ee attend-ee interview-ee guarant-ee -eer ballad-eer auction-eer volunt-eer engin-eer -ese journal-ese Vietnam-ese Portugu-ese Canton-ese -esque Chaplin-esque statu-esque pictur-esque Ruben-esque -ess steward-ess lion-ess poet-ess manager-ess -ette launder-ette usher-ette kitchen-ette maison-ette -phobia claustro-phobia arachno-phobia techno-phobia xeno-phobia -phobic claustro-phobic arachno-phobic techno-phobic xeno-phobic * Note: there will be some exceptions, as with any rule in English! For more fun worksheets, games and quizzes log onto www.englishbanana.com now! Talk a Lot Elementary English Banana.com 15.4 226

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