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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


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.
Word Formation video tutorial

Now try our exercises


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


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


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

Try a test


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

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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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