Word Formation

  • Adjectives ending in -ly Students are often confused by adjectives that end in -ly because they resemble adverbs of manner. Here is a list of some of the most common -ly adjectives.
  • Nouns ending in -ship Definitions of common nouns that end in the suffix -ship.

In the following series of linked exercises, the student practices the noun, verb, and adjective form of the verbs given by filling in the blanks in the table.

There are sometimes two possible answers for a blank, and the exercise can check only one. If you get an error, try another possibility or click the "Show Correct Answers" button.

Forming nouns from verbs

This exercise focuses on people and their jobs using the most common suffixes.

Forming other nouns

This exercise looks at forming nouns from verbs, nouns and adjectives by using suffixes.

Forming opposite meanings

This exercise focuses on the common prefixes and suffixes used to form opposite words.

Forming verbs

This is a list of the most common prefixes in English, together with their basic meaning and some examples.

Forming adjectives and adverbs

This exercise looks at the most common adjective and adverb endings.

Difficult spellings

This exercise focuses on tricky spelling changes.


Word formation charts provide the concept noun, personal noun, adjective and verb forms of key vocabulary listed in alphabetical order.