Suffixes: -ful, -less, -ly, -able video for kids

The English language is very interesting, if you look at the words closely you will see some repetitive combination of alphabets ending the words. These letters that end a word are called ‘suffixes. These suffixes change the meaning of words and can create new words. In this video we talk about 4 suffixes:

• ful

• less

• ly

• able


When we add suffix -ful to a word it changes its meaning to ‘full of’. For example:

• Colorful

• Grateful


When we add -less to a word it means ‘without’, which means that something is without the word that’s in the start of this word. For example:

• Homeless

• Helpless


The suffix -ly can be used to answer two questions, how often and how.