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Editing for Noun Errors: Word Form

Can you find all the errors in the following sentences?

  1. The barks dog 
  2. The rides Boy the bike   
  3. The dog barked red 
  4. Slowly hopped she

If you can’t find any errors, the following explanations can help.

Grammar point

Noun: A person, place, thing, or idea

• A noun often comes before a verb (subject)

Children play.

• A noun often comes after a determiner like "a", "the", "some", 'his", "our", or "this".

The dog barked.

• A noun can come after an adjective.

The angry dog barked.

• A noun can come after a verb (object of the verb)

The girl gave cookies to her friend.

• A noun comes after a preposition (object of preposition)

She keeps papers in boxes.

 

You can find more information and practice with word form in the resources boxes to the right.

Suffixes are the endings on words. For example, the underlined parts of the following words are suffixes.

tasteless

difference

categorize

sadly

 

The suffix controls the part of speech. For example, the following words all come from the root word "create". Notice the part of speech of each word.

create                                 verb

creative                               adjective

creation                               noun

creatively                             adverb

 

Like the example creative, most words ending in –ive are adjectives.

Like the example creation, most words ending in – tion are nouns.

Like the example creatively, most words ending in –ly are adverbs.

 

You can find more information and practice with word form in the resources boxes to the right.

Noun suffixes

suffix

examples of nouns

-age

advantage, average, usage

-al

funeral, ritual, animal

-ance/-ence

advance, chance, absence, evidence

-dom

boredom, fandom, wisdom

-ee

coffee, degree, employee

-er/-or

foreigner, employer, animator, advisor

-hood

sisterhood, parenthood, womanhood

-ism

criticism, activism, feminism

-ist

feminist, activist, realist

-ity/-ty

ability, activity, nationality

-ment

amusement, judgment, comment

-ness

happiness, handiness, harmlessness

-ry

rivalry, battery, eatery

-ship

friendship, citizenship, ownership

-sion/-tion

collision, ambition, connection

 

You can find more information and practice with word form in the resources boxes to the right.

Answers

Now, let's look back at the four sentences at the beginning of the page again. Do you know how to fix them now?

  1. The dog barks.
  2. The boy rides the bike.
  3. The red dog barked. 
  4. She hopped slowly

Credits

 

 

Created by: Antonio Su

Special thanks to: Cecil Klassen and Megumi Taguchi