You read a sentence or text and have to change the form of a word from a noun to an adjective, or from a verb to a noun. 

For example:

The _____ was very nervous. (sing)

You have to complete the sentence with the person noun (singer). You change the verb (sing) into the person noun (singer).

  • Look at the word you have to change. Which words do you know that are in the same word family?
  • The beginning of the word is often the same and the end of the word changes.
  • What form is the new word? A verb? A noun? An adjective? An adverb?
  • Nouns often end: -ment, -ion, -ness, -ity.
  • People nouns often end: -er, -or, -ist, -ian.
  • Adjectives often end: -able, -ible, -ive, -al, -ic, -ed, -ing.
  • Some verbs end: -ise, -ate, -en.
  • Adverbs often end: -ly.
  • When you record vocabulary make a table with word families.
  • If you don’t know the new word, guess. You may be right!
  • Check your answers carefully when you finish.


Do you find word building exercises easy or difficult?


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MALINE 6 October, 2013 - 15:08

i have problems linking to the table with word families,is it my computer or the page?,thanks.

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Natalija 21 May, 2013 - 16:01

I find it very useful above anything. I like them, because they make us think and it's very interesting and develop our brain. I didn't like it before, but now I do. I don't find them difficult, rather interesting.

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