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 suffixes 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 dd 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.

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