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Noun Suffixes

Grade 4
Sep 2, 2022
  • Suffix – It is a letter or a group of letters that are added at the end of a word to make a new word.  
  • Suffixes usually have a specific meaning.  
  • When a suffix is added to a base word, the base word becomes a noun. Then it is called a noun suffix. 

Some Things To Keep In Mind 

  • Adding a suffix usually changes the class of the word  

For example, verb to noun 


Root/Base word: Encourage (verb) 

Suffix: -ment 

New word: Encouragement (noun) 

  • Adding a suffix can cause a spelling change. 


Root/Base word: Instruct  

Suffix: -or 

New word: Instructor  

The teacher explains, with examples 


Friend – root / base word 

Ship – suffix 

The teacher provides examples where noun suffixes changes verbs, nouns and adjectives into nouns. 

  • Teach (verb) – Teacher 
  • Short (adjective) – Shortness 
  • Quest (nouns) – Question 
  • Happy (adjective) – Happiness 
  • Invent (verb) – Invention 
  • Kind (noun) – Kindness 
  • Journal (noun) – Journalist 
  • Neighbor (noun) – Neighborhood 
  • Manage (verb) – Management 
  • Art(noun)-Artist 
  • Comedy(noun)- Comedian 

In these examples, as you can see, 

  • The new words have different spelling. 
  • They might have different meaning. 
  • They change from one form to another  
  • Verb   Noun 
  • Adjective  Noun 


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