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Know Your Suffixes: -ive

In this worksheet, students practise identifying and spelling words ending in the suffix -ive.

'Know Your Suffixes: -ive' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

There are many words ending in the letters -ive. They are often adjectives (describing words).

 

Bobby is always very active.

 

The dog and the cat were aggressive towards each other.

 

In this activity, you can practise reading and spelling words ending in -ive.

Match these adjectives with their definitions.

 

Pay attention to the spellings as you may need them in later questions.

Column A

Column B

expensive
pleasant to look at
creative
very large
attractive
able to think of new ideas
massive
costing a lot of money

Match these nouns and verbs with their definitions.

 

Pay attention to the spellings as you may need them in later questions.

Column A

Column B

relative
to stop feeling angry with someone who has hurt yo...
motive
a person born in a particular place
native
a person who is part of your family
forgive
a reason for doing something

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

My uncle's dog is always chained up because it is so __________.

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Laura liked art lessons best because she was very __________.

 

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Josh wanted a new computer game but he couldn't afford it because it was too __________.

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

The doctor told Sara that she needed to be more __________ and do some exercise every day.

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Tom found it hard to __________ his brother for breaking his favourite toy.

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Kayla and Amy are distant __________ of each other because they have the same great grandmother.

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

The police could not find a __________ for the crime.

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

The garden was very __________, with lots of trees and pretty flowers.

 

garden

  • Question 1

Match these adjectives with their definitions.

 

Pay attention to the spellings as you may need them in later questions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

expensive
costing a lot of money
creative
able to think of new ideas
attractive
pleasant to look at
massive
very large
EDDIE SAYS
Did you have a good look at the spellings too? Keep up the hard work!
  • Question 2

Match these nouns and verbs with their definitions.

 

Pay attention to the spellings as you may need them in later questions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

relative
a person who is part of your fami...
motive
a reason for doing something
native
a person born in a particular pla...
forgive
to stop feeling angry with someon...
  • Question 3

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

My uncle's dog is always chained up because it is so __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
aggressive
EDDIE SAYS
Oh no, I hope the cat runs away quick! An aggressive dog might bark really loudly, bite and chase after other animals!
  • Question 4

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Laura liked art lessons best because she was very __________.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
creative
EDDIE SAYS
If you are a creative person, you will have a great imagination, this helps you to think of new and original ideas.
  • Question 5

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Josh wanted a new computer game but he couldn't afford it because it was too __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
expensive
EDDIE SAYS
When something is too 'expensive' it means it costs too much money, more than you can afford.
  • Question 6

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

The doctor told Sara that she needed to be more __________ and do some exercise every day.

CORRECT ANSWER
active
EDDIE SAYS
To be more 'active' is to physically move around more. Active things for Sara to do could be swimming, football or maybe playing tennis?
  • Question 7

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Tom found it hard to __________ his brother for breaking his favourite toy.

CORRECT ANSWER
forgive
EDDIE SAYS
It is really hard to 'forgive' someone when you are still angry and upset, sometimes it's best to take some time out and come back to talk when you're feeling a bit calmer.
  • Question 8

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

Kayla and Amy are distant __________ of each other because they have the same great grandmother.

CORRECT ANSWER
relatives
EDDIE SAYS
You need an 's' on the end to make it plural.
  • Question 9

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

The police could not find a __________ for the crime.

CORRECT ANSWER
motive
EDDIE SAYS
Finding a 'motive' for the crime is like finding a reason why the person would have wanted to do something to break the law.
  • Question 10

Use one of the -ive words you have seen in this activity to complete the sentence. Write the word in the answer box.

 

The garden was very __________, with lots of trees and pretty flowers.

 

garden

CORRECT ANSWER
attractive
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'attractive' shows us that the garden was nice to look at. I love walking through nature and admiring the pretty things around me! Do you like to go out and observe nature?
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