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Suffixes are letters you can add to the end of words to change their meanings. For example, the suffix 'less' means without.

hope becomes hopeless

sense becomes senseless

Common suffixes

-lyLike, having the properties ofStupidly, strangely
-fulFull ofForceful, hopeful
-ableCan doSinkable, workable
-erChanges a verb into a noun

Fly becomes flyer

run becomes runner

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