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(2) NOUNS from Verbs
Nouns can also be created by adding suffixes
such as -or; -ment and -tion to certain verbs.
(S1) He is a (collect) collector of butterflies.
(S2) The coach showed much (astonish)
astonishment at his team's victory.
(S3) In the problem, children were asked to make
a (calculate) calculation of the cost of two
Practice Exercise #2:- (Refer to rule #2, Section A, above)
Complete each of the following sentences by
adding a suitable suffix to each given verb. (Some
words may require minor spelling changes)
(1) Mrs. Allen's doctor's (appoint) _______________
was at nine a.m. on Monday morning.
(2) The visitors asked for (direct) _______________s
to the popular beach.
(3) Selvon is a (create) _______________ of exqui-
(4) Her (content) _______________ about little
things is much to be admired.
5. The dry season has caused a (reduce)
_______________ in the amount of rain in the
6. The story as told by the (narrate)
________________ was most exciting.
7. There was much (resent) ______________ over
the way in which the player had been left out
from the cricket team.
8. The taste of the cake was greatly improved by
the (add) ____________ of some special spices.
9. Mr. Davis was recently appointed as (direct)
______________ of a national bank.
10. The (attend) ______________ was asked to park
the car in the garage.
(B) FORMING VERBS
Some verbs are formed when changes are
made within certain nouns.
Practice Exercise #3:- (refer to rule # 1, Section B, above)
Form a verb from each given noun to complete the
(a) My sister loves to (song) _______________ in the
(b) If you do not dress your wound, it might (blood)
____________ a lot.
(c) Mummy cut the pieces of watermelon into (half)
________________s before sharing it to us.
(d) The lawyer had to (proof) ________________ that
his client was innocent.
(e) The water had (drop) ________________ed
through the hole in the floor.
(f) Glue was used to (bond) ______________ the
two pieces of cardboard.
(g) The performer will (tale) ________________ the
audience one of his humorous stories.
(i) Our host invited us to (seat) _________________
at the nearest table.
(2) Verbs from Adjectives
Verbs can also be created by adding certain suffixes
to some adjectives.
For Example, pure, (Adj), purify (verb); hard
(adj), harden (verb); legal (adj), legalise (verb)
Practice Exercise #4:- (Refer to rule #2, Section B, above)
Add either the suffix '--ify ,'--en', '--ise' or 'se' to the
given words to form the verbs in the following sen-
tences. (A few minor changes in the spelling of
some words may be necessary)
(a) The soft concrete should (hard) ______________
in a two day's time.
(b) W.A.S.A. usually (pure) ___________s the water
before it is sent to us.
(c) There was so much traffic that the road was
eventually (wide) _____________ed.
(d) Ms. Dianne (simple) ______________ed the
problem by showing the children some more ex-
(e) He (moist) ______________ed his handkerchief
to remove some sweat off his face.
(f) If you (clean) ________________ the wound, it
would be able to heal faster.
(g) His brilliant ideas helped the clerk to (just)
_______________ his being an employee in the
(h) The farmer had (fertile) _______________ed the
soil to obtain a better crop.
(C) FORMING ADJECTIVES from NOUNS
(1) Some Adjectives are formed by adding certain
suffixes to nouns. For example:-
Practice Exercise #5:- (Refer to rule #1, Section C, above)
Put in a suitable adjective chosen from the list,
above, to complete each of the following sen-
(1) The police allowed the (peace) _______________
protest to take place.
(2) The dancers did a (fault) _____________ dance
for their performance.
(3) The (fear) ____________ hunter plunged head-
long into the shark filled waters.
(4) The groom had worn a most (fashion)
______________ suit at his wedding.
(5) The doctor advised his patient that the injection
might be a bit (pain) _____________.
(6) Marcie cares much for her pet kitten for she is
such a (love) ______________ pet.
(7) In spite of his old age, Mr. Adams continues to
live an (act) ___________ life.
(8) The (skill) _______________ surgeon has per-
formed countless, successful operations.
(2) Other Adjectives are formed by placing certain
prefixes, for example, -in; -dis; -im and -un be-
fore existing adjectives.
active, inactive; pleased, displeased; patient, im-
patient; kind, unkind.
Practice Exercise #2:-
Using the above rule (#2) as a guide, tick off ( )
one (1) of the given prefixes to complete the fol-
(a) Carla suddenly felt very (in ; un) secure as she
walked along the deserted street.
(b) Being quite harsh towards anyone whom he
met, Simon was a most (un ; dis) popular per-
(c) Most of us do not support the (im ; in) humane
treatment of pets.
(d) The case was dismissed because the witness
was (un ; dis) true in his testimony.
(e) The sound of the music was (un ; in) audible as
you moved away from the scene.
(f) Many people had refused to live in the (un ; im)
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