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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.

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adjective suffixes

Adjective Suffixes

Greg Heon

Arielle Amzallag

Michael Hwang

Brian Delsack

definition
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
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 Suffixes
  • The main six adjective suffixes are:
    • able
    • ful
    • ous
    • ish
    • y
    • less
example 1 able
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
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
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
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