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Basic Speller - Lesson 22 - Another Suffix Spelled <er>


Lesson Twenty-two

Another Suffix Spelled <er>

1. In words like blacker and greener the suffix -er adds the meaning “more.” But another suffix that is also spelled <er> adds a different meaning to words.

Divide each of the following words into a free base and this new suffix spelled <er>:

Word = Free Base + Suffix
player = +
opener = +
thinker = +
scratcher = +
kicker = +
viewer = +
worker = +
starter = +
follower = +
traveler = +
teacher = +
backer = +

A player is a person who plays a game, and an opener is something that opens something. So we can say that this suffix -er adds the meaning “one that does” whatever the base means.

2. Add the suffix -er to each of the following free bases to make words with the meaning “one that does”:

Free Base + Suffix = Word
think + er =
call + er =
publish + er =
wreck + er =
back + er =
own + er =
rent + er =
catch + er =
open + er =
follow + er =
travel + er =
view + er =

3. we have two suffixes spelled <er>. One adds the meaning _________________ and the other adds the meaning _________________.

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