The English suffix -OUS
In July of 2017, some dangerous ants were found in Oi, a port in Tokyo. The ants are called ‘fire ants’ and they are poisonous! I thought this story would be a great way to introduce the English suffix -ous.
ant [noun ] a small insect that lives in highly organized groups.
port [noun] a place where ships load and unload goods
or shelter from storms
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.”
fame [noun] – the state of being known and talked about by many people
“She went to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune.”
famous – known about by many people
~ A famous person is someone who has fame.
“After years of hard work she became a famous actress.”
When I was 22 I toured the mountainous region of New Zealand. It was beautiful. (The area has many mountains)
Special thanks to SpellZone for giving me example ideas for this blog post.
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