Working with words: Suffixes


This page aims to give you practice in using nouns formed by suffixes.


A suffix is a verbal element placed at the end of a word to change its word class and meaning. Common noun suffixes include:-er, -ism, -ist, -ee, and -(t)ion.

Suffix Meaning Examples
-er Changes an activity to the person who performs the activity. For example, if we add –er to work, we form worker. Sometimes we use –or for the same purpose. director, operator, monitor
-ism Signifies an activity, ideology or belief. journalism, communism
-ist Signifies a person’s activity, occupation, politics or beliefs. terrorist, biologist, anarchist, Buddhist
-ee Indicates the person who receives an action. employee, supervisee, payee
-(t)ion Used to make nouns from verbs. For example, the verb   communicate can be changed to the noun communication. pollute - pollution, violate – violation,   distort – distortion



Match the definitions on the right to the words on the left by dragging the words on the left on top of the definitions.



Last updated on: Friday, March 22, 2013