Make adjectives and nouns into verbs by adding suf...
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  • Introduction
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The suffixes -en and -ify can be used to change adjectives (describing words) into verbs (action or doing words).

tight + en = tighten

note + ify = notify   (the 'e' is dropped before the suffix is added)

 

The suffix -ise can also be used to change adjectives into verbs.

special + ise = specialise

public + ise = publicise   (the 'c' sounds like an 's' in the new word)

 

The suffix -ise can also change nouns (naming words) into verbs.

advert + ise = advertise

 

Nouns ending in 'y' drop the 'y' before the suffix is added.

memory + ise = memorise

harmony + ise = harmonise

 

Some people spell the -ise suffix -ize instead. This is normal in America but in Britain the -ise spelling is usually preferred.

 

In this worksheet you can practise choosing the correct suffix to change nouns and adjectives into verbs. You may need a dictionary to help you.

  • Question 1
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Which is the correct way of changing the following adjective into a verb?

 

short

shortise

shortify

shorten

  • Question 2
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Which is the correct way of changing the following noun into a verb?

 

glory

gloryise

glorify

gloryfy

  • Question 3
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Which is the correct way of changing the following noun into a verb?

 

summary

summarify

summaryfy

summarise

  • Question 4
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Which is the correct way of changing the following noun into a verb?

 

threat

threaten

threatify

threatise

  • Question 5
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This time, use one of the suffixes (-en, -ify or -ise) to make a verb from the adjective below. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

(Remember to use a dictionary if you are not sure.)

 

simple

  • Question 6
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Use one of the suffixes (-en, -ify or -ise) to make a verb from the noun below. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

apology

  • Question 7
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Use one of the suffixes (-en, -ify or -ise) to make a verb from the adjective below. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

plural

  • Question 8
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Use one of the suffixes (-en, -ify or -ise) to make a verb from the noun below. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

strength

  • Question 9
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Use one of the suffixes (-en, -ify or -ise) to make a verb from the noun below. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

victim

  • Question 10
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Use one of the suffixes (-en, -ify or -ise) to make a verb from the adjective below. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

pure

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