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Chapter 20. Suffixes > Adjective Suffixes - Pg. 47

Suffixes freedom; 1.3. excite _______________ excitement; 1.4. gentle _______________ gentleness; 1.5. rely _______________ reliance 47 Adjective Suffixes An adjective is a word that modifies or describes a noun or a pronoun. You can recognize adjectives by their endings and by their placement in the sentence (in front of nouns and pronouns). Some common adjective suffixes are listed below. Adjective Suffix 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. -able, -ible -ful -ish -ive -less -ic, -ac -ory, -ary -ous, -ose -ward -y Meaning able to, capable of full of like, related to having the power of without like, related to relating to, like full of, like in the direction of possessing Examples visible, portable, curable careful, awful, joyful childish disruptive, explosive, productive hopeless, useless angelic, cardiac sensory, military, stationary perilous, enormous, verbose eastward, homeward, outward gloomy, sunny, thirsty Exercise #9 for Practice Words into Adjectives Convert each of the following five nouns into adjectives. Change endings where necessary. Check your answers at the end of the section. 1.1. thought _______________ thoughtful (or thoughtless); 1.2. danger _______________ dangerous; 1.3. time _______________ timely (or timeless); 1.4. west _______________ westward; 1.5. smell _______________ smelly