Meaning of 10 Common English suffixes and how to say them

Mean­ing Of 10 Com­mon Eng­lish Suf­fix­es And How To Say Them

I thought while we were on the top­ic (see my video-my last blog), I would also include the mean­ing and pro­nun­ci­a­tion of some com­mon Eng­lish suf­fix­es and how to say them.

Inter­est­ing­ly, I have also noticed that some peo­ple have dif­fi­cul­ty pro­nounc­ing the ‘y' at the end of words and some­times leave it off. For exam­ple it's not ‘He was thirst', it's ‘He was thirsty' . Whether it's the British /ˈθɜːsti/ or Amer­i­can /ˈθɜrsti/ or Aus­tralian accent /ˈθɜːsti:/, the ‘y' at the end is  still pro­nounced. It's the same for the ‘ly' Eng­lish suf­fix. For exam­ple in the word ‘quick­ly'.

The oth­er thing to note about Eng­lish suf­fix­es is that often, but not always, the vow­el is said as the de-stressed or weak form, the schwa vow­el /ə/.

Mean­ing Of 10 Com­mon Eng­lish Suf­fix­es And How To Say Them


  Suf­fix                                             Mean­ing                                                Word

   y char­ac­terised by  hap­py, grumpy, baby
  ly char­ac­ter­is­tic of main­ly, instant­ly, only, quick­ly
 s, es more than one books, coats, box­es, hors­es
 ed past-tense verbs want­ed, looked, waved
 ing verb form present par­tici­ple singing, giv­ing, eat­ing, mak­ing
 ous, eous, ious pos­sess­ing the qual­i­ties of deli­cious, joy­ous, erro­neous
 able, ible can be done com­fort­able, able, audi­ble
 er com­par­a­tive longer, high­er, faster
 ion, tion, act, process sta­tion, occa­sion,  fash­ion
 ment action or process state­ment, enjoy­ment, com­pli­ment

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