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Add Suffixes: -ment, -ness, -ful, -less, -ly

In this worksheet, students consider how new words can be made by adding different suffixes to a root word.

'Add Suffixes: -ment, -ness, -ful, -less, -ly' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Add Suffixes to Words

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

New words can often be made by adding a suffix to the end of a root word.

for example:

quick + ly = quickly

wonder + ful = wonderful

 

Sometimes different suffixes can be added to the same root word to make several new words.

for example:

wonderful     wonderment

careful     careless

kindly   kindness

 

In this worksheet you can investigate which words can be made by adding suffixes to root words. You may need to use a dictionary to check whether the words exist or not!

Look at this list of new 'words' made by adding suffixes to the word care.

 

Tick the three that are proper words. Remember to check in a dictionary if you are not sure!

careist

careful

caretion

careless

carer

This time, tick the three proper words that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word lone.

lonely

loneless

loneliness

loner

loneful

This time, tick the three proper words that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word strange.

strangeful

stranger

strangive

strangely

strangeness

Sometimes the spelling of the root word changes before the suffix is added.

Tick the three proper words in the list that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word horror.

horrify

horrorist

horrific

horrible

horrily

Tick the three proper words in the list that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word terror.

 

(Remember that sometimes the spelling of the root word changes when the suffix is added.)

terrily

terrorist

terrification

terrify

terrible

The suffix -ful can be added to many words to make them into adjectives (describing words).

Tick the three proper words in the list.

thankful

painful

heaviful

beautiful

warmful

happiful

The suffix -ic can also be added to words to make them into adjectives (describing words).

Tick the three proper words in the list.

thirstic

energetic

tiredic

acidic

allergic

hungric

The suffix -ist can be added to words to make a new word describing a person who does something.

 

Tick the three proper words in the list.

footballist

artist

paintist

pianist

teachist

novelist

The suffix -ive can be used to change verbs and nouns into adjectives (describing words).

 

Tick the three proper words in the list.

active

sleepive

decorative

hungrive

expensive

healthive

The suffix -ly can be used to change adjectives into adverbs (words that describe how an action is carried out).

 

Tick the three proper words in the list.

bigly

quickly

goodly

carefully

jokingly

fastly

  • Question 1

Look at this list of new 'words' made by adding suffixes to the word care.

 

Tick the three that are proper words. Remember to check in a dictionary if you are not sure!

CORRECT ANSWER
careful
careless
carer
  • Question 2

This time, tick the three proper words that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word lone.

CORRECT ANSWER
lonely
loneliness
loner
  • Question 3

This time, tick the three proper words that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word strange.

CORRECT ANSWER
stranger
strangely
strangeness
  • Question 4

Sometimes the spelling of the root word changes before the suffix is added.

Tick the three proper words in the list that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word horror.

CORRECT ANSWER
horrify
horrific
horrible
  • Question 5

Tick the three proper words in the list that can be made by adding a suffix to the root word terror.

 

(Remember that sometimes the spelling of the root word changes when the suffix is added.)

CORRECT ANSWER
terrorist
terrify
terrible
  • Question 6

The suffix -ful can be added to many words to make them into adjectives (describing words).

Tick the three proper words in the list.

CORRECT ANSWER
thankful
painful
beautiful
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'heavy', 'warm' and 'happy' are already adjectives and don't need a suffix.
  • Question 7

The suffix -ic can also be added to words to make them into adjectives (describing words).

Tick the three proper words in the list.

CORRECT ANSWER
energetic
acidic
allergic
EDDIE SAYS
'Thirsty', 'tired' and 'hungry' are already adjectives.
  • Question 8

The suffix -ist can be added to words to make a new word describing a person who does something.

 

Tick the three proper words in the list.

CORRECT ANSWER
artist
pianist
novelist
EDDIE SAYS
The suffix -er would be used instead for 'football', 'paint' and 'teach'.
  • Question 9

The suffix -ive can be used to change verbs and nouns into adjectives (describing words).

 

Tick the three proper words in the list.

CORRECT ANSWER
active
decorative
expensive
EDDIE SAYS
The suffix -y would be used for 'sleep', 'hunger' and 'health'.
  • Question 10

The suffix -ly can be used to change adjectives into adverbs (words that describe how an action is carried out).

 

Tick the three proper words in the list.

CORRECT ANSWER
quickly
carefully
jokingly
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'good' changes to 'well' when it becomes an adverb. 'Janey plays the piano well.'
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