A clear understanding of common suffixes, or word endings, is essential. With these suffixes, you can transform a noun into a verb, adjective, or adverb and, therefore, significantly increase your vocabulary.


Below are lists of common word endings for nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. With a partner, think of two examples for each suffix:

Common Noun Endings (things)

Common Noun Endings (people)

Common Verb Endings

Common Adjective Endings

Common Adverb Endings


Using what you have learned, complete the activity.