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Root Words: Using Suffixes to Make Verbs 2

In this worksheet, students consider a wider range of suffixes that change adjectives and nouns into verbs.

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'Root Words: Using Suffixes to Make Verbs 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Nouns, Verbs & Tenses

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Worksheet Overview

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 activity, you can practise choosing the correct suffix to change nouns and adjectives into verbs.

   You may need a dictionary to help you.

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