Noun suffix

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There are 10 typical suffixes for nominalisation; nouns formed from verbs, adjectives or even other nouns:


For nouns formed from adjectives, referring to their state or quality: badness; brightness; darkness; goodness; happiness; heaviness; lightness; mildness; ripeness; rudeness; usefulness; uselessness; whiteness;

note that adjectives ending in –y change to -i – happy - happiness; ready – readiness;



championship; citizenship; friendship; marksmanship; membership; relationship;


reject – rejection; object - objection; there are many other nouns with the same ending but that are not suffixes derived from verbs: action; friction; motion; option; ration; section; station;


inclusion; adhesion; conclusion;


adapt - adaptation; associate – association; determine – determination; elevate – elevation; evaluate – evaluation; organise – organisation; recommend – recommendation; relate – relation; reserve – reservation; resign – resignation;

note: where the verb has a final e, it is suppressed in the noun;


for nouns formed from verbs: assess - assessment; govern - government; involve – involvement; manage - management; measure - measurement; move – movement; resent - resentment;

note: where the verb has a final e, it is kept in the noun: move- movement;


accept – acceptance; assist - assistance; depend – dependence;


Connect – connection/connexion; Inflect - inflection/inflexion


approve - approval; arrive – arrival; refuse – refusal; remove - removal; revive – revival; survive – survival.