Suffixes for new words

This task is for you to practise matching adjectives that end in suffixes with nouns that collocate.

Some suffixes can be used to create or coin new words. Thus, a stress-free life is a life without any stress and a tax-free shop is a shop where there is no tax. Other common examples include:

 -conscious; e.g. health-conscious, meaning is concerned about

 -ridden; e.g. bedridden, meaning limited to or damaged by

 -minded; e.g. money-minded, meaning thinks that this is important

 -led; e.g. community-led, technology-led, market-led, customer-led, meaning that something is the leader or organiser, or the leading or organising principle, so a market-led company will produce products and services that their customer research shows that consumers want, but a technology-led company will use its leading technology to produce high-tech products that customers could not previously imagine.

 -proof; e.g. waterproof, meaning that something cannot be damaged or penetrated by this

 -worthy; e.g. praiseworthy, meaning that something deserves this

Match the items in the boxes on the left with the items on the right:

  1. Click in the table cell containing the item you want to move.
  2. Click in the table cell where you want the item to go. The words will swap position.
  3. If an item is in the right position, it will have a green background and a tick.
  4. When all the table cells are green and have ticks, you have finished.

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Last updated on: Monday, March 26, 2012