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Vocabulary - SAT, TOEFL, GRE Test Preparation
2.20 Suffixes - Adjectives

Directions: The following suffixes make adjectives. Review them and answer the multiple choice questions. For each of the suffixes given below, write your own example word and use it in a sentence.
-able, -ible: worth, ability
Example:
alterable: that can be altered
accessible: easily approached or entered

-al, -ial, -ical: quality, relation
Example:
accidental: quality of occurring unexpectedly, unintentionally, or by chance
financial: of, relating to, or involving money
fanatical: possessed with or motivated by excessive, irrational zeal

-ant, -ent, -ient: kind of agent, indication
Example:
ignorant: lacking education or knowledge
dependent: requiring the aid of another for support

-ar, -ary: resembling, related to
Example:
molecular: of, relating to, or consisting of molecules planetary: relating to, or resembling the characteristics of a planet

-ate: kind of state
Example:
passionate: having, or dominated by powerful emotions

-ed: having the quality of
Example:
terraced: having terraces or steps

-en: material
Example:
silken: made from silk, a fiber produced by worms

-er: comparative
Example:
brighter: more light

-est: superlative
Example:
happiest: most cheerful

-ful: having, giving, marked by
Example:
fanciful : marked by imagination

-ic: quality, relation
Example:
generic : related to a whole group

-ile: having the qualities of
Example:
projectile : something thrown with an outside force

-ing: activity
Example:
cohering : the act of sticking together

-ish: having the character of
Example:
newish : modern, recent

-ive, -ative, -itive: having the quality of
Example:
festive : having the quality of a festival or party
cooperative : being able or willing to work with another person or thing
sensitive: easily felt, responsive to the senses

-less: without, missing
Example:
motiveless : a reason for someone to do something

-ous, -eous, -ose, -ious: having the quality of, relating to
Example:
adventurous : charcterized by the desire to seek new experiences or risks
courageous : characterized by courage, brave
verbose: having more words than needed
fractious: characterized by being difficult or troublesome

-y: marked by, having
Example:
hungry : having hunger, marked by a desire


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Vocabulary - SAT, TOEFL, GRE Test Preparation
2.20 Suffixes - Adjectives

Q 1: Capable of igniting and burning.
combustable
combustible

Q 2: Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.
biodegrade
biodegradable

Q 3: Quality of causing damage or harm; injurious.
detriment
detrimental

Q 4: Related to the physical make up of a thing.
structure
structural

Q 5: Of or relating to the geographic area.
territorial
territory

Q 6: Related to topography of a specific region.
geographical
geography

Q 7: Easy to reach; accessible.
conveniently
convenient

Q 8: Resembling grains.
granule
granular

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