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Identifying different parts of speech in word families Today’s Focus: Suffixes

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

Sometimes when you are reading in a foreign language you find a word that you are not quite sure about. It’s very possible that you know the root word or another word in the word family. Sometimes the suffix can be a clue to that word’s part of speech (noun, verb, adjective etc.) Good readers become familiar with word families, and one effective method is to become familiar with common suffixes.



Clues to Parts of Speech…..

Below is a list of common suffixes (word endings) that help indicate what part of speech a word is. Sometimes a word can be identified as a noun, adjective, adverb, or verb by its suffix.


Try this activity; you will probably need a dictionary.

**The ---------------- means there really isn’t a form of that word with that part of speech

The word beautify means to make something more beautiful.

Clarify is to make _______________________.

To realize is to understand something or become completely aware.

If we realize something was wrong, we have a ________________________

(noun)

Population means all the people living in one place.

To put new people or people in a new place is to __________________________.

Popular means well liked and well-known

To make something popular is to __________________.

Someone who does the action of talking a lot is ______________________.

(adjective)

What is the difference between incredible and incredulous?

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