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16.4: More Practice with -ity, -ety, and -ty

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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More Practice with -ity, -ety, and -ty

1. Combine the following elements to form nouns:

Elements Noun
capt + iv\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + ity captivity
pi + ety piety
abil + ity ability
anxi + ety anxiety
soci + ety society
pro + duct + iv\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + ity productivity
speci + al + ty speciality
proper + ty property
multi + plic + ity multiplicity
ga\begin{align*}\cancel{\mathrm{y}}\end{align*} + i + ety gaiety
var\begin{align*}\cancel{\mathrm{y}}\end{align*} + i + ety variety
notori + ety notoriety
ment + al + ity mentality
liber + ty liberty
sub + lim\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + ity sublimity
com + plex + ity complexity
in + capac + ity incapacity
re + al + ity reality
un + cert + ain + ty uncertainty
cas\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + ual + ty casualty
feroc + ity ferocity
majes + ty majesty
pen + al + ty penalty
roy + al + ty royalty

2. Cross out the incorrect answer: The suffix -ty is used if the vowel right in front of it is (\begin{align*}\cancel{\mathrm{stressed}}\end{align*} / unstressed). The suffix -ety is used if the vowel right in front of it is (stressed / \begin{align*}\cancel{\mathrm{unstressed}}\end{align*}) and (long / \begin{align*}\cancel{\mathrm{short}}\end{align*}). And the suffix -ity is used if the vowel right in front of it is, (stressed / \begin{align*}\cancel{\mathrm{unstressed}}\end{align*}) and (\begin{align*}\cancel{\mathrm{long}}\end{align*}) / short)

Teaching Notes.

Item 1. The base of piety, pi, has the root meaning “dutiful” and is found also in the word pious. The base of ability, abil, is the nonterminative form of able.

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