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English Ologies, Ographies, and Onomies Posted by on Jul 20, 2017

In English, you will find many words with the same suffix, or word ending. Three of the most common suffixes sound somewhat alike, and are often confused with each other. Here’s how to tell them apart, and some of the most common examples of each. Ology Ology is a real word, a noun taken from…

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English suffixes you need to know Posted by on Mar 7, 2013

There are many, many different types of suffixes in English. Suffixes are letters added to the end of a word to give the word new meaning.  Some of the most common suffixes in English are related to conjugating verbs, for example –ed is added to a word to show it is in the past tense…

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Job Suffixes and Uncommon Professions Posted by on Feb 21, 2012

Most beginning English classes have a lesson on vocabulary related to jobs and professions.  Usually these lessons cover jobs like: baker, teacher, and lawyer.  One piece of grammatical information people often learn early on about profession title words in English is that they often end in the suffix –er.  This suffix is commonly used to…

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What is an –ology? Posted by on Feb 20, 2012

Yesterday I discussed the suffix –ism and a number of different nouns that end with this suffix.  A similar, but not identical, suffix is –ology.  So, what is an –ology?  The suffix –ology is added to a noun to denote that this is a subject of study or a branch of knowledge.  Most words that…

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What is an –ism? Posted by on Feb 19, 2012

–ism is a suffix added to the end of a word to indicate that the word represents a specific practice, system, or philosophy.  Often these practices, systems, or philosophies are political ideologies or artistic movements.  Using –ism at the end of a word also suggests the word is related to a belief (or system of…

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