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16.9: The Suffix -age

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The Suffix -age

1. You have seen that normally after stressed long vowels and consonants [j] is spelled <g> and after stressed short vowels it is spelled <dg>. Usually after an unstressed vowel [j] is spelled <g>. And very often it is in the suffix -age, which forms nouns, usually (but not always) from verbs:

pack + age = package

Verb + age = Noun

Combine the following stems and suffixes to form nouns. Show any changes:

Stem + Suffix = Noun
pack + age = package
drain + age =
break + age =
wreck + age =
pass + age =
carry + age =
store + age =
dose + age =
percent + age =

2. Try some the other way around. Notice that not all the stems in this group are verbs:

Noun = Stem + Suffix
package = pack + age
carriage = +
luggage = +
percentage = +
dosage = +
roughage = +
yardage = +
postage = +
storage = +
passage = +
baggage = +

3. The suffix -age is often added to bound stems. Add -age to each of the following bound stems to form a noun:

Bound Stem Noun: Bound Stem +age
advant advantage
aver
dam
encour
foli
langu
mess
sav
vill
voy

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