Flashcards in Prefixes/Suffixes Deck (11):
able to do
a person who
state or quality
forming nouns expressing the means or result of an action.
expressing tendency, disposition, function, connection, etc.: active; corrective; destructive; detective; passive; sportive. Compare -ative, -itive. Origin of -ive.
(forming nouns of adjectival origin): detective, expletive. Word Origin. from Latin -īvus. Word Origin and History for -ive. sufix forming adjectives from verbs, meaning "pertaining to, tending to," in some cases from Old French -if, but usually directly from Latin -ivus.
relating to or serving to
There are lots of adjectives in English that we can convert into nouns by using 'ness'. A noun ending in 'ness' literally means the state of the original adjective. For example, hungriness means 'the state of being hungry. Below are ten sentences which require a noun ending in 'ness'.Nov 28, 2011
-ity. suffix forming abstract nouns from adjectives, meaning "condition or quality of being ______," from Middle English -ite, from Old French -ité and directly from Latin -itatem (nominative -itas), suffix denoting state or condition, composed of connective -i- + -tas (see -ty (2)).