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Dosso Dossi (1479-1542)
Suffixes for Making Nouns:
(Art, Science, Practice)
Based on
Lessons in English: Higher Course
Pupil's Edition. New York: William H. Sadlier, 1893

     Suffixes which denote art, science, practice, are:

-ery, -ry, -y Cookery, the art or practice of a cook.
-ism Criticism, the art or practice of a critic.
-ics, -ic Mechanics, the science of motion.
-ing Surveying, the art of measuring lands.
-ure Sculpture, the art of carving.

The suffix -ism indicates a doctrine, a particular manner of acting, of being, or an idiom peculiar to a language; as, Calvinism, the doctrine of Calvin; parallelism, the state of being parallel; Latinism, an idiom peculiar to the Latin language.

Form nouns by means of the above suffixes.

chemist chemistry garden gardening
poet _______________ despot _______________
architect _______________ paint _______________
photograph _______________ witch _______________
emboss _______________ letter _______________
engrave _______________ patriot _______________
cone _______________ carve _______________
Catholic _______________ pagan _______________
surgeon _______________ barbarian _______________

III. Change the noun in italics to one that denotes the art, science, or practice:

1. The practices of the heathen are either superstitious or cruel.

2. The chemist requires an extensive knowledge of physics and geometry.

3. A new country like  Canada affords a vast field for the engineer.

4. Since the discovery of Galvani the science of electricity has advanced with rapid strides.

5. The skeptics of the reign of Louis XV. were followed by the terrorists of the French Revolution.

6. The anatomist examines the structure of the human body.