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Add Suffixes to Words Ending in -fer

In this worksheet, students will learn how to add suffixes beginning with vowel letters to words ending in -fer.

'Add Suffixes to Words Ending in -fer' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

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Worksheet Overview

We can use prefixes and suffixes to change the meaning of some words.  

We call the original word a root word.


Prefixes go at the start of words. 

For example: un + kind = unkind. 

The prefix un means not.  When we add it to the root word kind we create its opposite.


Suffixes go at the end of words.

For example: cheer + ful = cheerful

The suffix ful turns a noun (naming word) into an adjective (describing word).


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In this activity, we will look at how to add suffixes that start with a vowel (-ing, -ed, -al) to words that end in -fer (refer, prefer, transfer).


The way we say the words aloud can help us to spell the new words.  We need to pay attention to the stresses in the words - this is where we emphasise part of the word when we say it aloud.


If the -fer sound is still stressed when the suffix is added, we need to double the r at the end of the word.


For example: refer becomes referring

Did you spot the new ending?


However, if the -fer sound is no longer stressed, the r is not doubled.


For example: refer becomes reference

Did you spot the new ending?


Here are some examples of words that use these suffixes that we will practise in this activity:














You can listen to them here - pay attention to where the stresses in the words are.


Use Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check to practise spellings a few times before we begin the activity.


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