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Suffixes

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on suffixes. Suffixes are word ends and parts of words which can be added to other words to change the meaning. One example is adding '-ly' to the end of an adjective to create an adverb: for example, adding '-ly' to the adjective 'slow' creates the adverb 'slowly'.

Adverbs are useful in writing to describe a verb. As an example: The snail moved slowly. The verb here is 'moved' and the adverb is 'slowly'. Slowly describes HOW the snail moved. We could write: The snail moved. But adding the word 'slowly' gives more description and helps us imagine the snail - bringing the story to life, so to speak.

Test your knowledge of various suffixes by trying this English quiz.

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  1. One of these words changes its spelling slightly when you add the suffix '-est'.
    Happiest.
  2. Which one of the following has an incorrect suffix?
    'Lovable' is the correct spelling.
  3. Which one of the following has an incorrect suffix?
    'Trustworthy' would be correct.
  4. Which suffix could be added to the end of the word 'judge'?
    Judgement.
  5. Which suffix could be added to the end of the word 'neighbour'?
    Neighbourhood - adding 'ly' also creates a new word: 'neighbourly'.
  6. One of these words changes its spelling slightly when you add the suffix '-ful'.
    Beautiful.
  7. Which of these words should NOT have the suffixes '-er' or '-est' added?
    Something can be 'more fun' than something else, but it cannot be 'funner' or 'funnest', because these are not words in English.
  8. He walked carefully across the road to see his elderly neighbour. Which words in this sentence have suffixes?
    'Carefully' has two suffixes - '-ful' and '-ly'.
  9. Which of these words does NOT take the suffix '-er'?
    Someone who decorates is a decorator.
  10. Which suffix could be added to the end of the word 'child'?
    Childless (without children) - adding '-hood' would create the word 'childhood', while adding '-ish' creates the word 'childish'.

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