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IELTS and Suffixes

In IELTS it is important to use a variety of words in both the speaking and writing parts of the test as this will help you to get a higher score. We recommend using suffixes to help you expand your vocabulary and avoid word repetition.

Suffixes are letter combinations that come at the end of a word. By adding a suffix we can then change the type of word we are using:

  • happy (adjective) – happily (adverb)
  • play (verb) – playful (adjective)
  • invention – invent (verb)

Activity

Complete the 8 IELTS essay sentences with the correct suffix

                                       -al     -ally     -ion     -ity     -ment
  1. The computer has been one of the most important ______ of all time. (invent)
  2. Economic ______ is essential to alleviate poverty. (develop)
  3. Recycling paper is one way of being ______ friendly. (environment)
  4. Going on holiday is a good way of experiencing ______ foods. (tradition)
  5. The clothes that people wear are one way of showing ______. (individual)
  6. The examiner needs to give a clear ______ so that students know what to do. (instruct)
IELTS and Suffixes. English blog post

Answers

  1. The computer has been one of the most important inventions of all time.
  2. Economic development is essential to alleviate poverty.
  3. Recycling paper is one way of being environmentally friendly.
  4. Going on holiday is a good way of experiencing traditional foods.
  5. The clothes that people wear are one way of showing individuality.
  6. The examiner needs to give a clear instruction so that students know what to do.
  7. In order to bring about change you need the involvement of all parties.
  8. We specifically asked for the information in order to write the report.

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