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Affix vs. Suffix: What's the Difference?

Edited by Harlon Moss || By Janet White || Updated on October 17, 2023
Affix is incorrectly spelled when meant as Suffix, a morpheme added at the end of a word to form a derivative.

Key Differences

Remember, "affix" is a general term including prefixes, infixes, and suffixes, while "suffix" specifically refers to the end of a word.
Think of "suffix" as a "fix" at the "end" of a word; it comes after, hence the "su-" prefix meaning "under, below, behind."
"Affix" contains "A" for "addition," representing any morphemes added to words, while "suffix" has "SU," indicating it's "subsequent" to the root.
The "su-" in "suffix" can be thought of as a shortened form of "sub-," like in "submarine," which goes below, as a suffix goes after the root.
The term "suffix" contains the word "fix," as in attaching firmly to the end of something, contrasting "affix," which is more general.

Affix and Suffix Definitions


Affix is an incorrect spelling of Suffix.


An element placed after the root of a word.
The suffix -ful in helpful indicates being full of help.


A morpheme added at the end of a word.
Adding -ness converts happy to happiness.


A syllable added to the end of a word to alter its meaning.
-less in careless means without care.


An affix added to the end of a word or stem, serving to form a new word or functioning as an inflectional ending, such as -ness in gentleness, -ing in walking, or -s in sits.


To add as a suffix.


A morpheme added at the end of a word to modify the word's meaning.
The suffix "-able" changes "sing" into "singable".


(mathematics) A subscript.


(computing) A final segment of a string of characters.
The string "abra" is both a prefix and a suffix of the string "abracadabra".


(transitive) To append (something) to the end of something else.


A letter, letters, syllable, or syllables added or appended to the end of a word or a root to modify the meaning; a postfix.


To add or annex to the end, as a letter or syllable to a word; to append.


An affix that is added at the end of the word


Attach a suffix to;
Suffix words


A letter or group of letters added to the ending of words to change their grammatical function or meaning.
In runner, -er denotes someone who runs.


A postbase that creates a new word when added to the base.
-ment in enjoyment signifies the condition of enjoying.


Which vowel is used before Suffix?

The vowel "u" is used before suffix.

What is the verb form of Suffix?

The verb form is "to suffix," meaning to attach something at the end of a word.

What is the singular form of Suffix?

The singular form is "suffix."

What is the pronunciation of Suffix?

It's pronounced as "suh-fiks."

What is the root word of Suffix?

The root word is the Latin "suf-" or "sub-" meaning "under, below, behind," and "fixus," meaning "fixed/attached."

Which preposition is used with Suffix?

The preposition "to" is often used with suffix (e.g., "to add a suffix to a word").

Which article is used with Suffix?

Both "a" and "the" can be used with "suffix" depending on the context.

Is Suffix an adverb?

No, "suffix" is not an adverb.

Is Suffix an abstract noun?

Yes, it's an abstract noun as it refers to a grammatical concept.

Is Suffix a negative or positive word?

It is neutral; it's a grammatical term without positive or negative connotation.

Which conjunction is used with Suffix?

No specific conjunction is used exclusively with "suffix"; it depends on the sentence structure.

Is Suffix a noun or adjective?

"Suffix" is primarily a noun.

Why is it called Suffix?

It's called a suffix because it's derived from the Latin "suffixum," meaning "to attach underneath or at the end."

Is Suffix a vowel or consonant?

"Suffix" is a word, not a letter, and contains both vowels and consonants.

Is the Suffix term a metaphor?

No, it's not typically used metaphorically.

How many syllables are in Suffix?

There are two syllables in "suffix."

What is another term for Suffix?

There's no direct synonym, but it's a type of "affix."

What is the second form of Suffix?

The second form (past simple) is "suffixed."

What is the third form of Suffix?

The third form (past participle) is "suffixed."

What is the plural form of Suffix?

The plural form is "suffixes."

Is Suffix a collective noun?

No, it's not a collective noun.

Is the word Suffix is imperative?

No, it's not imperative; it's a grammatical term.

How do we divide Suffix into syllables?

It is divided as su-ffix.

What is a stressed syllable in Suffix?

The stressed syllable is "su-."

What is the opposite of Suffix?

The opposite would be "prefix," which is added to the beginning of a word.

What is the first form of Suffix?

As a verb, the first form is "suffix."

Is Suffix a countable noun?

Yes, it's countable; you can have one or multiple suffixes.

What part of speech is Suffix?

It's a noun when referring to the grammatical concept, and it becomes a verb in its verb form "to suffix."

Which determiner is used with Suffix?

Determiners like "the," "a," or "this" can be used, depending on the sentence.

How is Suffix used in a sentence?

In a sentence: "The suffix '-ed' is often used to indicate the past tense of a verb."
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