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Know Your Suffixes: -able

In this worksheet, students will consider the meaning of words with the suffix -able and practise spelling them.

'Know Your Suffixes: -able' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

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Worksheet Overview

A suffix is a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word. Knowing what a suffix means can help us understand new words.


For example, the suffix -able means 'able to' or 'capable of'. Once it has been added to a root word, it makes an adjective (describing word).

Clothes that are able to be washed are washable.

A mattress that can be inflated is inflatable.


washing line


If the word ends in -e then we drop the -e before we add the suffix.

value / valuable

use / usable


If the word ends in -y then we usually change it to 'i' before we add the suffix.

deny / deniable

magnify / magnifiable


girl with magnifying glass


Let's have a go at some questions now to practise using this suffix.

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