WORD FORMATION

The Word formation exercise is one that you will find in Cambridge Exams. In this exercise you have to use different forms of a word to complete a text. Look at this example

” The ______________ was very proud of the achievement made by his student.   ( TEACH ) “

You need to complete the sentence with a noun, so the verb TEACH has to be changed to get the noun TEACHER.

The exercise below can help you develop more vocabulary and do the word formation exercises more easily.

 

Study the word formation table below and complete the spaces where possible

_____________ = missing word             ————— = no word possible

NOUNVERBADJECTIVENEGATIVE
attractionattractattractiveunattractive
benefitbenefit__________________________
length__________long--------------
patient
___________________
----------patient_____________
logic----------logical_____________
height___________high--------------
suspicion
suspect
___________suspicious_____________
success___________successfulunsuccessful
_____________________short--------------

Check the answer key below, study what you don’t know, then complete the sentence with the correct word to check your memory. Look at the words in brackets to help you.

  1. Going on holiday to Mallorca is a very attractive idea. (attract)
  2. My father was a __________ in a murder case. (suspicious)
  3. Living in another country can be really ____________. (benefit)
  4. Washing your hands before doing some gardening is ______________. (logic)
  5.  We will need to _____________ your holidays because we are so busy. (short)
  6.  You will only _____________ if you study hard. (success)
  7.  Periods of daylight ____________ during the summer. (long)
  8. The hospital has a lot of ___________ at the moment. (patience)

 

Answer key

NOUNVERBADJECTIVENEGATIVE
attractionattractattractiveunattractive
benefitbenefitbeneficialunbeneficial
lengthlengthenlong----------------------
patient
patience
----------------patientimpatient
logic----------------logicalillogical
heightheightenhigh----------------------
suspicion
suspect
suspectsuspiciousunsuspicious
successsucceedsuccessfulunsuccessful
shortageshortenshort--------------

 

 

  1. Going on holiday to Mallorca is a very attractive idea. (attract)
  2.  My father was a suspect in a murder case. (suspicious)
  3.  Living in another country can be really beneficial. (benefit)
  4. Washing your hands before doing some gardening is illogical. (logic)
  5.  We will need to shorten your holidays because we are so busy. (short)
  6.  You will only succeed if you study hard. (success)
  7.  Periods of daylight lengthen during the summer. (long)
  8.  The hospital has a lot of patients at the moment. (patience)
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