English suffix ~ous Learn with lots of example sentences! (Updated for 2018 with VIDEO!)


In July of 2017, some dangerous ants were found in Oi, a port in Tokyo.

ant – noun – a small insect that lives in highly organized groups. 


portnoun – a place where ships load and unload goods
 or shelter from storms
The ants are called ‘fire ants’ and they are poisonous!
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From this news, we used 2 adjectives with the suffix ~ous. Dangerous and poisonous.

dangerous – likely to injure or harm somebody, or to damage or destroy something

poisonous – causing death or illness if swallowed or absorbed into the body
(All definitions in this post come from Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries)


A simple way to think of these 2 adjectives is to look at the root word, this means the part of the word that comes before the suffix ous.

danger (ous) If a situation has danger it is dangerous.

poison (ous) If something has poison it is poisonous.

Many adjectives that use the suffix ~ous have this basic meaning. 

adventurous – (of a person) willing to take risks and try new ideas; enjoying being in new, exciting situations ~ ready for adventure

“For the more adventurous tourists, there are trips into the mountains with a local guide.”


famous – known about by many people
~ A famous person is someone who has fame.
fame (noun– the state of being known and talked about by many people
“She went to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune.”



When I was 22 I toured the mountainous region of New Zealand. It was beautiful. (The area has many mountains)

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