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Cambridge English: First

Try these exercises to appreciate the various word forms that are tested in Part 3 Word Formation

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About Part 3 Word Formation

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You will read a short text which has 8 gaps. For each gap you have to use a given 'stem' word to make the correct form of the missing word. In the exam you transfer your answer to a special answer sheet. Part 3 tests your knowledge of the way words are formed in English, including the use of prefixes and suffixes, and spelling rules associated with these changes.

Now try our exercises

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1. Forming nouns from verbs
This exercise focuses on people and their jobs using the most common suffixes.
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2. Forming other nouns
This exercise looks at forming nouns from verbs, nouns and adjectives by using suffixes.
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3. Forming opposite meanings
This exercise focuses on the common prefixes and suffixes used to form opposite words.
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4. Forming verbs
This exercise looks at some common suffixes used in creating verbs.
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5. Forming adjectives and adverbs
This exercise looks at the most common adjective and adverb endings.
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6. Difficult spellings
This exercise focuses on tricky spelling changes.
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Dos and don'ts

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Remember that you may have to make two changes to the stem word.
Example: definite - (in)definite(ly).
Don't leave the answer sheet blank for any question. If you don't know the correct answer you should always make a guess.

How to improve

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When you make a note of new words try to record all its different forms (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs).

Try a test

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Try an online Reading and Use of English Part 3 (Word Formation) test in the 'Practice Tests' area.

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Extras

Print off a mark sheet to keep a record of your scores.

When you've finished these exercises try an online Use of English Part 3 (Word Formation) test in the 'Practice Tests' area.

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