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English - suffixes

Suffixes, from the English Handbook by Beryl Lutrin and Marcelle Pincus.
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Able/ible
Able to be - capable, legible
Age
Forms nouns - usage, postage.
Al/ial
Forms adjectives - original, congenial
Ance/ence
Forms abstract nouns - abhorrence, reliance
Ar/er/or
Refer to occupations/careers - liar, beggar, waiter
Ary/ery
Forms nouns or adjectives - stationary, bravery
Ory/ ury
injury, observatory
Ate
Forms verbs - congratulate, terminate
Dom
Forms abstract nouns - freedom, kingdom
Ed
Forms adjectives or verbs - enraged, awarded
En
Forms adjectives or verbs - woolen, lengthen
Ful
Full of/compromising of - helpful, truthful
Fy
Forms verbs - solidify, purify
Hood
A state of.. - childhood, neighbourhood
Ic
Forms adjectives - pessimistic, optimistic
Ing
Forms adjectives, participles, gerunds - baking
Gerunds - nouns ending in 'ing'
Ish
Like, having the nature of - selfish, childish
Ism
Forms abstract nouns - pessimism , optimism
Ist
One is a ... (common noun) - pessimist, optimist
Ity
Forms abstract nouns/collective nouns - reality, community
Less
Without - homeless, penniless
Ly
Forms adjectives - lovely, friendly
Ment
Forms verbs to nouns - movement, government
Ness
With/comprimising of (usually forms abstract nouns) - kindness, happiness
Ology
The science of .. - astrology, biology
Our
Nouns - colour, honour
Ous
Forms nouns to adjectives - adventurous, dangerous
Ship
A position of - friendship , companionship
Sion
Forms nouns - television, passion
Ssion
Forms nouns - admission, expression
Tion
Forms nouns - organization, generation
Tude
Forms abstract nouns - attitude, gratitude
Ture
Forms nouns or verbs - venture, furniture
Ward/s
In the direction of - earthwards, outwards
Y
Forms adjectives - rainy, leafy.