A suffix is an ‘ending’, used at the end of one word to turn it into another word. Unlike root words, suffixes cannot stand on their own as a complete word.
- call – called
- teach – teacher [turns a verb into a noun]
- terror – terrorise [turns a noun into a verb]
- green – greenish [leaves word class unchanged]
See also affix.
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