How to use the suffix -ous
Adding the suffix -ous
A suffix is a letter or a group of letters that can be added to a word to change its meaning.
- Adding the suffix -ous turns a noun into an adjective. It means 'full of'.
'Dangerous' means 'full of danger'.
- When you add -ous to a word ending with 'e', drop the 'e'.
'Adventure' becomes 'adventurous'.
- When you add -ous to a word ending in 'y', replace the 'y' with 'i'.
'Fury' becomes 'furious'.
- When you add -ous to a word that ends with 'our', 'our' becomes 'or', then add -ous.
'Humour' becomes 'humorous'.