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

   ycharacterised by happy, grumpy, baby
  lycharacteristic ofmainly, instantly, only, quickly
 s, esmore than onebooks, coats, boxes, horses
 edpast-tense verbswanted, looked, waved
 ingverb form present participlesinging, giving, eating, making
 ous, eous, iouspossessing the qualities ofdelicious, joyous, erroneous
 able, iblecan be donecomfortable, able, audible
 ercomparativelonger, higher, faster
 ion, tion,act, processstation, occasion,  fashion
 mentaction or processstatement, enjoyment, compliment

       AUDIO Training- 10 Common English Suffixes And How To Say Them

 

Happy practising. Best wishes, Esther

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