This page has four pre-created vocabulary exercises for students learning English as a second language.
A suffix is a word's grammatical ending. If you recognise suffixes, it will help you with grammar and meaning.
There are two types of suffix:
- derivational - tells you what type of word it is eg. noun or adjective. For example, -or (in actor) indicates a noun.
- inflectional - tells you something about the word's grammatical behaviour. For example, -s indicates that a noun is plural.
Here is a list of some of the most important derivational suffixes:
- Nouns (people): -er, -or, -ee, -ess
- Nouns (abstract): -ness, -ity, -al, -ion, -ment, -hood
- Nouns or adjectives: -ist, -ian, -ese
- Adjectives: -al, -ous, -ic, -ful, -less
- Verbs: -ize/-ise, -ify, -en
The Web-based activity below gives you some practice in using suffixes.
More Information and Practice
To learn more about suffixes and/or do more practice,
the following Websites might be useful.
Phrasal verbs, also known as 'idioms' are very common in English. There are dictionaries which only contain phrasal verbs.
Do you know the meaning of "put off" or "brought up", for example? The following Web-based activity will give you some practice on the meanings of phrasal verbs such as these as well as some other English words.
Which choice has the closest meaning?
The Website below will test your understanding of the following phrasal verbs and some other vocabulary items. Perhaps you would like to go through them first to see how many you know before trying the activity.
|- give someone a hand||- taken off|
|- put off||- hang on|
|- catch||- make of|
|- link||- look it up|
|- do without||- quit|
|- brought up||- take place|
|- put on||- could|
|- put away|
For more practice on idioms, go to this Website:
Very often, the news includes an item about a disaster somewhere in the world. They may be natural or man-made. Your country may experience one of more types on a regular basis.
The following Web-based activity gives you the chance to test your understanding of the names of various disasters. Before you begin the activity, you might like to go through this list to see how many you already understand.
For more information on disasters, try these
In English, as you will know, there are many words which have the same pronunciation but are spelled differently and have different meanings. For example, do you know the difference between 'holy' and 'wholly'? Or, what about 'blew' and 'blue'?
The next two Web-based activities will present you with a number of pairs or groups of words which sound the same but you will have to understand their meanings in order to complete the activity.
Part 1 - Quiz 8
Part 2 - Quiz 11
For more practice on commonly confused words in English, you could try this Website: http://a4esl.org/a/v5.html
This page is also available in PDF format.