Nouns in English generally follow common patterns, for example they can end in -age, -al, -ance, – ence, -cy,-dom, -hood, -iety, -ity. The best thing to do is learn these patterns and memorize how nouns can be formed from root words.

For practice exercises, click HERE and for a complete list, click HERE

 

-AGE

ROOT NOUN
BREAK BREAKAGE
COVER COVERAGE
PACK PACKAGE
POST POSTAGE
SHORT SHORTAGE
STORE STORAGE
WRECK WRECKAGE

 

-AL

ROOT NOUN
APPROVE APPROVAL
ARRIVE ARRIVAL
BURY BURIAL
DENY DENIAL
DISMISS DISMISSAL
PROPOSE PROPOSAL
REHEARSE REHEARSAL
REMOVE REMOVAL
RENEW RENEWAL
REVIVE REVIVAL
SURVIVE SURVIVAL

 

-ANCE

ROOT NOUN
ANNOY ANNOYANCE
ARROGANT ARROGANCE
APPEAR APPEARANCE
ATTEND ATTENDANCE
DISTANT DISTANCE
DISTURB DISTURBANCE
ENDURE ENDURANCE
ENTER ENTRANCE
IGNORE IGNORANCE
IMPORTANT IMPORTANCE
INHERIT INHERITANCE
PERFORM PERFORMANCE
RELEVANT IRRELEVANCE
RELUCTANT RELUCTANCE
RELY RELIANCE
RESEMBLE RESEMBLANCE
RESIST RESISTANCE
SIGNIFY SIGNIFICANCE
TOLERATE TOLERANCE

 

-ENCE

ROOT NOUN
ABSENT ABSENCE
COMPETENT COMPETENCE
CONFIDE CONFIDENCE
CONVENIENT CONVENIENCE
DEPEND DEPENDENCE
DIFFER DIFFERENCE
EVIDENT EVIDENCE
EXIST EXISTENCE
INCOMPETENT INCOMPETENCE
INNOCENT INNOCENCE
INSIST INSISTENCE
INTELLIGENT INTELLIGENCE
OCCUR OCCURRENCE
OFFEND OFFENCE
PATIENT PATIENCE
PERSIST PERSISTENCE
PRESENT PRESENCE
RECUR RECURRENCE
VIOLENT VIOLENCE

 

-CY

ROOT NOUN
ACCURATE ACCURACY
ADEQUATE ADEQUACY
BANKRUPT BANKRUPTCY
DECENT DECENCY
EFFICIENT EFFICIENCY
FREQUENT FREQUENCY
IMMEDIATE IMMEDIACY
INACCURATE INACCURACY
INEFFICIENT INEFFICIENCY
LITERATE LITERACY
PIRATE PIRACY
PREGNANT PREGNANCY
PRIVATE PRIVACY
PROFICIENT PROFICIENCY
REDUNDANT REDUNDANCY
SECRET SECRECY
URGENT URGENCY
VACANT VACANCY

 

-DOM

ROOT NOUN
BORE BOREDOM
FREE FREEDOM
WISE WISDOM

 

-HOOD

ROOT NOUN
ADULT ADULTHOOD
CHILD CHILDHOOD
FATHER FATHERHOOD
LIKE LIKELIHOOD
LIVE LIVELIHOOD
MAN MANHOOD
MOTHER MOTHERHOOD
NEIGHBOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
PARENT PARENTHOOD
WOMAN WOMANHOOD

 

-IETY

ROOT NOUN
ANXIOUS ANXIETY
SOBER SOBRIETY
VARIOUS VARIETY

 

-ITY

ROOT NOUN
ABLE ABILITY
ACTIVE ACTIVITY
COMPLEX COMPLEXITY
CREDIBLE CREDIBILITY
CURIOUS CURIOSITY
EQUAL EQUALITY
FAMILIAR FAMILIARITY
FEROCIOUS FEROCITY
FLEXIBLE FLEXIBILITY
FORMAL FORMALITY
INACTIVE INACTIVITY
INFLEXIBLE INFLEXIBILITY
INFORMAL INFORMALITY
UNABLE INABILITY
UNEQUAL INEQUALITY

 

Another important part of word formation is understanding Prefixes and Suffixes, click HERE for a complete list

 

DOWNLOAD THE LIST OF NOUNS IN PDF HERE

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