FCE Use of English

Part 5: Word Formation

4) Forming verbs

This exercise looks at some common suffixes used in creating verbs.

Choose from one of the endings to create a verb that completes the sentence. Pay attention to tenses and spelling!


1. He told her that he (SYMPATHY) .......... with her problem but couldn't do anything to help.
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2. My belt feels a bit tight after that huge lunch. I think I'll have to (LOOSE) .......... it a little.
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3. She was severely (WEAK) .......... by the long illness she had.
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4. There are many different ways to (CLASS) .......... areas of English Grammar.
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5. If you're really sorry for what you said you won't mind (APOLOGY)..........
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6. There's no need to (CRITIC) .......... my work. I'm trying as hard as I can.
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7. The pain in his back (LESS) .......... as soon as he took the medication.
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8. Everybody was (HORROR) .......... by the news of the earthquake.
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