Adjective Suffixes Greg Heon Arielle Amzallag Michael Hwang Brian Delsack
Definition • Some adjectives have special endings • These endings are called adjective suffixes • Some of these adjective suffixes are -able, -ful, -ish, -less, -y, and -ous.
RULES • One method for creating adjectives is to add a suffix to either a noun or verb. • If suffix that you are adding to the word begins with a vowel and the word that you are changing ends in silent “e,” you would generally remove this e. • Sometimes a verb can be the same word as a noun. Ex. running boy
The Main Suffixes • The main six adjective suffixes are: • able • ful • ous • ish • y • less
EXAMPLE 1 -able • Here are some examples of root words and suffixes: • Believe believable (shows dropping of “e”) • Renew renewable • Reason reasonable • The suffix adjective “-able” appears to be used primarily with verbs.
EXAMPLE 2 -ful • Here are examples of words with the -ful adjective suffix: • Help helpful • Dread dreadful • Delight delightful • Grace graceful • Success successful • The suffix adjective “-ful” seems to be used with nouns.
EXAMPLE 3 -y • Here are some examples of words with the suffix adjective “-y”: • Mess messy • Luck lucky • snow snowy • rock rocky • The “-y” suffix adjectives appears to be used for nouns
Advantages • Suffix adjectives allow you to change the sentence structure easily • Suffix adjectives can also the writer to rephrase a sentence • Suffix adjectives can also add variety to your writing