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Suffixes for Making Verbs
Based on
Lessons in English: Higher Course
Pupil's Edition. New York: William H. Sadlier, 1893
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Edouard Manet

     The following suffixes usually turn adjectives or nouns into verbs.

-en Darken, to make dark
-ate Domesticate, to render domestic
-fy, -ify Simplify, to render simple
-ish Publish, to make public
-ite Unite, to make one
-e Breathe, to make or draw breath
-se Cleanse, to make clean
-le Crumble, to reduce to crumbs
-ise, -ize Solemnize, to keep or render solemn

Form a verb from the noun or the adjective.

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drinker _______________ liquid _______________
critic _______________ instructive _______________
ample _______________ throat _______________
peace _______________ terminus _______________
nest _______________ migratory _______________
fabric _______________ colony _______________
electric _______________ sufficient _______________
glad _______________ grain _______________
writer _______________ prevalent _______________

Deflating Inflated Balloons

    Forms of the verb "to be" make wordy sentences -- inflated balloons.

Directions: Change the predicate adjective or predicate noun into a verb and rewrite the sentence using that verb instead of the S/V/PA (or PN) pattern.

Example: He is not the owner of any books. = He does not own any books.

1. He is a writer and lecturer.

2. The sons are all drinkers.

3. These birds are migratory.

4. That is sufficient for me.

5. Allergies are prevalent in the spring.

6. His lectures were instructive for everybody.