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

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


Happy practising. Best wishes, Esther

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