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Word Forms. Verb Jeong succeeds in school Noun Success is important to Jeong. Adjective Jeong is a successful student. Adverb Jeong successfully completed algebra. Suffixes can help you recognize a word’s part of speech. Verb Suffixes -ate investig ate -ify not ify

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Word Forms

Verb Jeong succeeds in school

NounSuccess is important to Jeong.

Adjective Jeong is a successful student.

Adverb Jeong successfully completed algebra.


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Suffixes can help you recognize a word’s part of speech.

  • Verb Suffixes

    -ate investigate -ify notify

    -en shorten -ize hospitalize


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  • Nouns Suffixes

    -ment involvement -er writer

    -ness happiness -or actor

    -ion permission -ism communism

    -ship friendship -ist socialist

    -ance tolerance -ity possibility

    -ence reference -cy accuracy


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  • Adjectives Suffixes

    -ous famous -ing boring

    -ful helpful -ed excited

    -less careless -ish foolish

    -ive creative -ate literate

    -able acceptable -y scary

    -ible responsible -ly friendly

    -ant tolerant -like childlike

    -ent dependent -some handsome

    -ic allergic -an African

    -al classical -ese Chinese


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-ing and –ed Adjectives

  • He was a boring teacher, so there were many bored students in his class.

  • At the end of a tiring day, the tired children were happy to go home.


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Locate and correct the word form errors.

  • I am interesting in Arab literature.

  • Read the chapter careful.

  • Is she a success businesswoman?

  • I am disappoint about my math grade.

  • Look in the back of the book for a referencing.


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Comparatives with adjectives and adverbs

  • With one syllable adjectives and adverbs, add –er.

    Marvin is busier than I am. (adjective)

    Not: Marvin is more busier than I am.

    Ali works harder than Tim. (adverb)

    Not: Ali works more harder than Tim.


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Irregular Comparative Forms

  • Jose is a good socializer.

  • Jose is a better socializer than Lee. (adjective)

  • Marie sings well.

  • Marie sings better than Paula. (adverb)

  • My spelling is bad.

  • My spelling is worse than yours. (adjective)

  • Martin drives badly.

  • Martin drives worse than Charlie. (adverb)


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Superlatives with adjectives and adverbs

  • With one syllable adjectives and adverbs, add the + –est.

    Alyssa is the tallest in the class. (adjective)

    Not: Alyssa is the most tallest in the class.

    Cathy reads the fastest in the class. (adverb)

    Not: Cathy reads the most fastest in the class.


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Irregular Superlative Forms

  • CSUF has a good ESL Program.

  • Fullerton College has the best program. (adjective)

  • Marybeth writes well.

  • Marie writes the best in our school. (adverb)

  • My spelling is bad.

  • Lana is the worst speller in the class. (adjective)

  • Martin drives badly.

  • Martin drives the worst of all his friends. (adverb)


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Locate and correct the word form errors.

  • He has the expensivest car.

  • A Honda is more cheaper than a BMW.

  • We have the baddest record in the league.

  • Is the highway convenienter than the side streets?

  • I did good on the final exam.


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Easily Confused Words, p. 83

Locate and correct the errors with easily confused words.

  • Do you have there phone number?

  • I did to much exercise yesterday.

  • My broken toe effects my posture.

  • I know where your going.

  • We past the airport on our way home.


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