Loading please wait

The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Try an activity or get started for free

Know Your Suffixes: -ible and -able

In this worksheet, students will practise spelling words that end in -ible and -able.

'Know Your Suffixes: -ible and -able' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Popular topics:   Spelling worksheets, Money worksheets

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Many words end in the suffixes -ible and -able, and it is often hard to know which spelling to use.


Girl with question marks above her head


For example, why is it probable but possible?


In fact, words ending in -able are far more common than ones ending in -ible, so if you are not sure, then it is best to use -able.


Here is a list of common words that do end in -ible. It is a good idea to learn them. (There are some more, but they are not as common.)






visible (and invisible)

possible (and impossible)




Maybe you could try making up some silly sentences to help you to learn these -ible words!


How about: It is impossible for my terrible sister to be sensible or responsible. 


naughty girl


It is possible for toadstools to be edible but they could still be horrible.


fly agaric toadstool


Note that the fly agaric toadstool above is not edible!!


Why not have a go at making some of your own?


In this activity, you can practise spelling words ending in -ible and -able.

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started

Try an activity or get started for free

  • National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted / Parents
    National Tutoring Awards 2023 Shortlisted
  • Private-Tutoring-WINNER-EducationInvestor-Awards / Parents
    Winner - Private Tutoring
  • Bett Awards Finalist / Parents
  • Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents
    Winner - Best for Home Learning / Parents