Suffixes - their importance in spelling

    If you can handle suffixes then you're well on the way
    to becoming a capable speller.
    A suffix is simply an ending that's added to a base word
    to form a new word.
    Let's look at some examples:
    Base word Suffix New Word
    interest -ing interesting
    noise -y noisy
    breath -less breathless
    popular -ity popularity
    drop -let droplet

    A key thing to know about a suffix is whether
    it starts with a consonant or a vowel.
    Here are some suffixes you'll meet quite often:
    Consonant
    Suffixes
    Examples Vowel
    Suffixes
    Examples
    -ful hopeful, plentiful -er, -or farmer, collector
    -less useless, tasteless -en mistaken, hidden
    -ly bravely, frankly -ish foolish, thinnish
    -ment movement, agreement -ation limitation, reservation
    -ness darkness, happiness -ing firing, sitting
    Did you notice that sometimes the base word changes
    when you add a suffix?
    For example, fire becomes firing (dropping the e) and
    sit becomes sitting (doubling the letter t)
    Work your way through all the Suffix pages to see how these patterns work.

    Click here for the next suffix lesson

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