Common Noun Suffixes in English

How to use suffixes to create nouns from adjectives and verbs...


A suffix is a letter/a group of letters attached to the end of a word to form a new word or to change the grammatical function (part of speech) of the original word.

-acy: state or quality

For examples

  • accuracy, conspiracy, intimacy...

-al: act or process of

For examples

  • refusal, arrival, burial, deferral...

-ance, -ence: state or quality of

For examples

  • reliance, insistence...

-dom: state or place of being

For examples

  • freedom, boredom, kingdom...

-er, -or: one who

For examples

  • teacher, worker, director...

-ty: quality of

For examples

  • cruelty, safety...

-ship: position held

For examples

  • fellowship, friendship, partnership...

-sion, -tion: state of being

For examples

  • complication, reduction, population, complexion...

-ing: an act or process, a product or result

For examples

  • drawing, playing...

-logy: study of

For examples

  • technology, pathology...

-ment: result, action, state or condition

For examples

  • amazement, disappointment, parliament...

-ist: one who performs, plays, or operates

For examples

  • violinist, Physicist...

-ity: quality, condition, degree

For examples

  • flexibility, sensitivity...

-hood: state or condition, instance, or state of characters

For examples

  • brotherhood, motherhood, childhood...

-ism: an act, theory, belief or doctrine

For examples

  • journalism, Marxism...

-ness: a state, quality, or condition

For examples

  • happiness, goodness, readiness...

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