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FCE (First Certificate)
Word Formation: Irregular Nouns

There are lots of standard noun suffixes (e.g -ment, -tion) or verb suffixes (see my verb word formation pages). But many nouns and verbs have irregular suffixes which you'll need to know for the FCE exam.


Look at the information in the table for 1-2 minutes and try to remember the words. Then click below to hide the information and try to answer the questions at the bottom.


NounVerbAdjectiveAdverb
(dis)belief(dis)believe(un)believable(un)believably
a choicechoosechosen-
a defensedefenddefensivedefensively
a deathdiedead/deadlydeadly
a giftgive--
a lossloselost-
a marriagemarry(un)married-
practicepractisepractising-
pretensepretend--
proof(dis)prove(un)proven-
safetysave(un)safesafely
a sightseeunseen-
a speechspeak(un)spoken-
a successsucceed(un)successful(un)successfully
a thoughtthinkthoughtful/lessthoughtfully/lessly


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Write the correct form of the word in brackets to complete these sentences.


  1. The flowers are poisonous - don't eat them! (DIE)
  2. You have no - you must do it. (CHOOSE)
  3. Their was a very happy one. (MARRY)
  4. You need to do some more of this grammar. (PRACTISE)
  5. We don't have any that he committed the crime. (PROVE)
  6. She's really about her new haircut.(DEFEND)
  7. The company made a on their new product. (LOSE)
  8. I stared at him in . (BELIEVE)
  9. Your parents really care about your . (SAVE)
  10. The politician's really made me think about the issues. (SPEAK)
  11. We tried to keep up the that everything was OK. (PRETEND)
  12. I need to get a for my parents' wedding anniverary. (GIVE)
  13. I'm really sorry. You were in your job application. (SUCCEED)
  14. He lost his in the accident (SEE)
  15. He's really selfish and . (THINK)



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