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“One Who” Suffixes


Another common set of affixes are those which mean “one who” or “something that” does a certain task. For example, a teacher teaches and an artist is one who makes art. The “one who” suffixes include -er, -ar, -or, -ist, and -cian. Three closely related suffixes are -ary, -ery, and -ory, which mean “a place where something is done or kept.”

Two short exercise follo. I the first, read the paragraph and answer the questions that follow. In the second, read the sentence, consult the glossary, and then answer the question.

In this unit, a list of words containing these suffixes is introduced. Be sure you can analyze each word. If you don’t know the term, look for its root i the glossary and guess its meaning before you use a dictionary.

Word Lists

-er, -or, -ar, one who baker tukang roti
cashier kasir
collector kolektor
forecaster peramal
lawyer
liar
-ist one who artist
cyclist
florist
motorist
novelist
scientist
one who dieticiant
academician
electrician
mathematician
musician
physician
technician
a place where armory
bakery
dictionary
factory
laboratory
reformatory
aviary
dormitory

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